General Atomics ASI Completes Successful Testing of MQ-9B RPA Wing Written 9 December 2020


MQ-9 taxiing | U.S. Air Force photo; Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson; Wikipedia; Public Domain

Airforce Technology reported that General Atomics Aeronautical Systems completed full-scale static testing on the MQ-9B remotely piloted aircraft wing, which “includes the GA-ASI produced SkyGuardian and SeaGuardian RPA.” Testing featured load cases to 150% of expected maximum flight loads and “the wing was loaded to apply a distributed load across the wingspan even under simulating gust and manoeuvre flight conditions, with no failures.” GA-ASI Engineering Research Development and Design Hardware Vice President Dee Wilson said, “Successful completion of FSS testing on the MQ-9B wing was a critical step in proving that our design meets stringent certification standards for structural strength and integrity.”
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