The BAE Systems GA22 is an unmanned helium airship demonstrator programme in response to a need for low cost, long endurance UAV platform. This could perform communications relay tasks, or carry surveillance equipment weighing up to 150kg during disaster relief operations or during major sporting events.
In July 2008 GA-22 was announced to become the latest addition to BAE Systems growing portfolio of autonomous systems, with design and production subcontracted to Lindstrand Technologies. A 22 meter long airship, for deployment into roles such as communications relay stations, will be updated and adapted to carry payloads, such as high tech surveillance equipment at up to 150 kilograms in weight, to heights of more than 6,500 ft. At the moment GA-22 is radio controlled, but the plan is to make it fully autonomous.
Its small size means it is easily transportable and does not need an airfield or runway to operate from. It can use existing hangars and needs only three ground operators to fly it.
Lindstrand Technologies is a major contributor to the programme.
There is one GA22 Airship registered in the UK, reference G-CFKN , the prototype , currently stored in a hangar in Birkenhead.
Airframe : Composites by C12 Composites in the UK.
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