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GA-ASI, Shift5 Partner to Enhance MQ-9A Reaper Cybersecurity, Resilience

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GA-ASI, Shift5 Partner to Enhance MQ-9A Reaper Cybersecurity, Resilience

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. is partnering with Shift5 to integrate the latter’s onboard cyber anomaly detection and predictive maintenance capabilities into the MQ-9A Reaper drone for the United States Special Operations Command and Air Force Special Operations Command.

Aiming to bolster AFSOC and SOCOM’s mission readiness and cybersecurity, Shift5’s technology will provide real-time data on the MQ-9A’s operational health, addressing potential cyberthreats and ensuring aircraft resilience, GA-ASI said.

According to GA-ASI, Shift5’s technology offers critical operational and cybersecurity insights, allowing operators to make informed decisions quickly. Its platform can also be deployed on-premises or in the cloud, and functions in both online and offline environments.

The U.S. Department of  Defense has validated Shift5’s capabilities with the company’s first cross-platform authority to operate certification in April 2023, guaranteeing the platform’s durability and security.

GA-ASI President David Alexander said its partnership with Shift5 would enhance the resilience and survivability of the MQ-9A Reaper, crucial for AFSOC and SOCOM.

Meanwhile, Shift5 CEO Josh Lospinoso highlighted the importance of real-time data access in future battlefields, describing its collaboration with GA-ASI as vital for maintaining AFSOC and SOCOM’s decision dominance.

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