Air Force Association's Highest Honor For Industry
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, which makes unmanned
aircraft systems has received the John R. Alison Award, the highest
honor given for Industrial Leadership from the Air Force
Association. The award was presented to the president and chief
executive officer, Thomas J. Cassidy, Jr., during the
Association’s annual Air Force Anniversary Dinner on 14
September in Washington (DC).
The award recognizes the company for developing and producing
the MQ-1 Predator unmanned aircraft as a significant military
contributor to the country’s national security interests. As
an integral part of the US arsenal of sophisticated systems, the
Predator and its sister aircraft, the Predator B, have flown nearly
100,000 hours in the last ten years, providing valuable
intelligence video to troops, manned aircraft and operational
commanders in more than a dozen combat area deployments around the
world. Operating against armed enemy fighter aircraft, ground
launched missiles, severe weather and congested airspace in
theater, the Predator aircraft has served with distinction as it
provides intelligence of the battlespace day in and day out, seven
days a week.
"We have expanded the military and commercial utilization of the
Predator series and we thank the Air Force Association for
recognizing our ability to deliver proven, reliable unmanned
aircraft systems to support our national security objectives. Our
employees have done a tremendous job in developing and supporting
these aircraft systems that have made such a difference in how we
fight wars and maintain the peace," said Thomas Cassidy, Jr. during
his acceptance speech.
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. is located in San
Diego, CA with operating facilities throughout southern California
and various deployment locations throughout the world. The company
is focused solely on the design, development and support of
unmanned aircraft such as the MQ-1 Predator, MQ-9 Predator B,
I-GNAT series, ALTAIR, Mariner, and ALTUS.
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. aircraft are in use
by the US Air Force, US Army, US Navy, NASA, and other government
departments including overseas allies that include Italy, Turkey
and other countries.