- UAS Leader Continues Its Collaboration With Longtime Australian Industry Partner
SAN DIEGO, 2nd March. In an effort to further advance its Additive Manufacturing capability, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) has established a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with its longtime partner Conflux Technology. The new MOU, signed this week at the AVALON 2023 Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition, is the culmination of several years of collaborative work between GA-ASI and Conflux to build a flight-qualified Fuel Oil Heat Exchanger (FOHE) for GA-ASI platforms.
“We continue to work closely with Conflux on the design and manufacture of FOHE for our aircraft,” said Ken Loving, GA-ASI Regional Vice President for Indo-Pacific. “Through this new MOU, we will establish a clear path to production for the heat exchanger components used by multiple GA-ASI production lines.”
GA-ASI is a leading developer of unmanned aircraft, and Conflux is a thermal management system solution company headquartered in Australia. Conflux is an industry-leading expert, mastering Additive Manufacturing (AM) for heat exchanger applications.
“Our continued partnership with General Atomics is a milestone for the commercialization of additively manufactured heat exchangers within the aerospace and defence markets, carrying the significant weight and performance benefits offered by these technologies towards production,” said Abe Masoud, Conflux Business Development Manager – North America.
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), an affiliate of General Atomics, is a leading designer and manufacturer of proven, reliable remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems, including the Predator® RPA series and the Lynx® Multi-mode Radar. With more than seven million flight hours, GA-ASI provides long-endurance, mission-capable aircraft with integrated sensor and data link systems required to deliver persistent flight that enables situational awareness and rapid strike. The company also produces a variety of ground control stations and sensor control/image analysis software, offers pilot training and support services, and develops meta-material antennas.