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First Army I-GNAT ER UAS Achieves 10,000 Flight Hours

The I-GNAT ER/Sky Warrior Alpha aircraft.
by Staff Writers
National Harbor MD (SPX) Apr 10, 2008
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has announced that a U.S. Army UAS has reached a record 10,000 flight hours on a single aircraft. The milestone was achieved by two different Army I-GNAT ER aircraft, AI-001 and AI-1005, within days of each other while performing combat missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

"The I-GNAT ER/Sky Warrior Alpha aircraft that we deliver to the U.S. Army offer tremendous support to combat forces operating in Iraq and Afghanistan on a daily basis and continue to boast the highest full-mission capability rates of any operational Army UAS," said Thomas J. Cassidy, Jr., president, Aircraft Systems Group, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems.

"I don't believe that any other all-electric, composite aircraft can lay claim to this remarkable achievement. This is truly a testament to the reliability and durability, as well as the operational flexibility, of this UAS series."

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Northrop Grumman's Global Hawk Unmanned Aircraft Sets 33-Hour Flight Endurance Record
San Diego CA (SPX) Mar 31, 2008
Northrop Grumman's RQ-4 Global Hawk set an endurance record for a full-scale, operational unmanned aircraft on Saturday, March 22, 2008, when it completed a flight of 33.1 hours at altitudes up to 60,000 feet over Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. "It was a picture perfect flight, landing flawlessly on centerline with enough fuel remaining to continue for two more hours," said Jerry Madigan, Northrop Grumman vice president of high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) systems.

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