The aircraft was built in partnership between General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).
The following statement is attributable on the record to C. Mark Brinkley, a General Atomics spokesman:
“General Atomics Aeronautical is very excited to introduce the XQ-67A Off-Board Sensing Station (OBSS) to the world for the first time. We think you’re looking at the future of unmanned combat air vehicles. There is a lot of talk about UCAVs and what the future might hold. But as people learn more about the XQ-67A OBSS and how the Air Force Research Laboratory and General Atomics have approached this project, they’ll discover it really is unlike anything they’ve seen so far.
Specifically, XQ-67A is an AFRL program, and GA-ASI was selected to design, build and fly that new aircraft. Without getting into specifics, I can say that we are stepping through that program methodically and working closely with our government partners to hit all of the markers for the project and deliver on our promises. We’re focused on speed to ramp, accelerated design processes, and bringing true capability to the fight.
The XQ-67A OBSS is another milestone achievement for our team and we’re very proud of it, and so grateful to AFRL for the opportunity to partner on this project. It’s a very exciting time. We’re looking forward to getting into the deep details about the airplane very soon.
General Atomics has developed UAVs for more than 30 years, designed more than two dozen different aircraft, and delivered more than 1,100 airframes. Our Predator and Reaper aircraft are known throughout the world. Our jet-powered MQ-20 Avenger UCAV has more than 30,000 flight hours, and has served as an operationally relevant test platform for some of the most advanced AI pilots invented so far. Our work in advanced autonomy is unmatched. This is all we do.”