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General Atomics sole awardee for second phase of DARPA’s LongShot UAV project

7th March 2023 - 11:30 GMT | by Harry Lye in London


GA-ASI is working on its proposal for Phase 3 of the LongShot programme, which will see prototype manufacturing. (Photo: GA-ASI)

Under LongShot, DARPA aims to increase the standoff range at which fighters can launch air-to-air weapons with an air-released UAV.

The US Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has selected General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc (GA-ASI) to continue supporting the LongShot programme, which aims to develop an air-launched UAV which is, in turn, capable of firing air-to-air weapons.

Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman also received contracts to work on LongShot under Phase 1 of the programme in early 2021.

On 6 March, DARPA confirmed to Shephard that GA-ASI was the only awardee for the second phase of the programme.

After a successful preliminary design review (PDR) last February, GA-ASI was selected to continue into Phase 2 of the project to

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Harry Lye


Harry Lye

Harry Lye was Senior Naval Reporter at Shephard Media.

Harry joined the company in 2021, …

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