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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) held a Spanish Industry Day at the company’s Poway, CA headquarters on 11 February. Twelve companies participated from the Andalucían aerospace industry in the event, which was organized by GA-ASI and Extenda, the export support agency of the regional government department of Andalucía. The two organisations collaborated in a similar event in Malaga, Spain, in 2017.

During the event, the Andalucían companies learned about GA-ASI’s procurement process and supply chain dynamics, then presented their own capabilities to potentially support for GA-ASI UAS programmes. The event gave GA-ASI an opportunity to learn about the Andalucían aviation industry’s capacities first-hand. The company already supplies the MQ-9 UAS to the Spanish Air Force and is seeking to increase its number of Spanish defence industry suppliers.

It’s been a great pleasure to host a cross-section of Spanish aerospace suppliers,” commented Linden Blue, CEO at GA-ASI. “As a global provider of remotely piloted aircraft, GA-ASI is always enthusiastic about working with companies that share our drive for innovation.”

Companies attending the event included: Hispano Aeronautica, Sofitec Composites, Airgrup, Aertec Solutions, Airtificial Aerospace & Defense, CiTD, DHV Technology, Integrasys SA, Seven Sols, AYESA Air Control, Alter Technologies and Malaga-based MADES also participated.

GA-ASI already supplies the MQ-9 REAPER to the Spanish Air Force. (Photo: GA-ASI)

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