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​Guardian RPA completes civilian trial work in Japan

The General Atomics MQ-9B Guardian remotely piloted aircraft has completed a series of demonstration flights in Japan to demonstrate a range of civil and scientific applications.

The work took place from 10-23 May from Iki Island in the country’s Nagasaki prefecture, says General Atomics in a statement.

“This was the first demonstration of a long-endurance RPA by a private company in Japan,” says General Atomics Aeronautical Systems.

“The aircraft’s sensors included a long-range maritime surface-search radar, stabilized optical and infrared video cameras, and an active collision-avoidance system, including a short range air-to-air radar.”

During the work the aircraft monitored a volcano, fisheries, and demonstrated detect and avoid.

Sensor data was provided to scientific research institutions, and flight data to airspace management organisations.

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