The Antenna Systems Division (ASD) of Communications & Power Industries (CPI) has enjoyed a strong, mutually beneficial relationship with General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) for more than 20 years. CPI ASD manufactures high-performance, highly engineered antenna systems for communications and defense applications, making it an ideal long-term partner for GA-ASI, which develops and manufactures multiple remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) platforms, including the Predator®, MQ-9 Reaper® and Gray Eagle, for the U.S. military and other allied forces.
Since first partnering, CPI ASD and GA-ASI have developed innovative, reliable and efficient ground-based antenna technology to meet the demanding intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) requirements of military customers and support RPA systems. CPI ASD initially developed a low-cost advanced antenna solution for GA-ASI to fulfill the challenging requirements of a high-gain C-band antenna and acquisition aid providing electronic scanning in azimuth. Over the past 20-plus years, hundreds of these ground-based antenna systems have been installed globally as part of GA-ASI’s RPA delivery package. Having proven the effectiveness and durability of its technology, CPI ASD has continued to collaborate with GA-ASI on the enhancement of the antenna system in order to continue to improve RPA performance.
“CPI Antenna Systems Division’s long relationship with General Atomics Aeronautical Systems is a testament to the strength of our organization and our technology, as well as our ability to take an idea and articulate it into a deliverable that can function reliably in the zero-tolerance environment of the battlespace,” said Steve Lonngren, senior vice president of CPI ASD. “For more than 20 years, we have delivered high-quality, competitively priced, dependable antenna products to one of the largest manufacturers of remotely piloted aircraft in the world. We apply that same commitment to state-of-the-art, trustworthy and effective products, delivered on time and in accordance with our customers’ exacting requirements, across all of CPI ASD’s products, including line-of-sight, satcom, high-frequency, radar, telemetry and other antenna technologies operating in L, S, C, Ku and Ka-bands.”