Provides combatant commanders a real-time responsive capability to conduct long-dwell, persistent stare, wide-area reconnaissance, surveillance, target acquisition, communications relay, and attack missions.
The MQ-1C Gray Eagle Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) addresses the need for a long-endurance, armed (up to four HELLFIRE missiles), UAS that offers greater range, altitude, and payload flexibility.
The Gray Eagle UAS is powered by a heavy fuel engine (HFE) for higher performance, better fuel efficiency, common fuel on the battlefield, and a longer lifetime.
Its specifications include the following:
Length: 28 feet
Wingspan: 56 feet
Gross take-off weight: 3,600 pounds
Maximum speed: 150 knots
Ceiling: 25,000 feet
Range: 2,500 nautical miles via satellite communications (SATCOM)
Endurance: 24 hours
The Gray Eagle UAS company consists of nine unmanned aircraft, five Ground Control Stations (GCS), six Ground Data Terminals (GDT), one Mobile Ground Control Station (MGCS), three Satellite Ground Data Terminal (SGDT), an Automated Take-off and Landing System (ATLS), and other ground-support equipment, operated and maintained by a company of 128 Soldiers.
PM--Robotic Unmanned Sensors (PM-RUS) provides the electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) and SAR/GMTI payloads; PM--Joint Attack Munition Systems (PM-JAMS) provides HELLFIRE missiles; PM--Warfighter Information Network--Terrestrial (PM-WIN-T) provides communications relay payload
• Current: Full Rate Production
• 3QFY15: Follow-On Test and Evaluation
FOREIGN MILITARY SALES
General Atomics, Aeronautical Systems Inc. (San Diego, CA)
Ground Control Station:
Textron (Hunt Valley, MD)
Tactical Common Data Link:
L-3 Communications (Salt Lake City, UT)