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DESCRIPTION

The MQ-1C Gray Eagle Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) addresses the need for a long-endurance, armed, unmanned aircraft system that offers greater range, altitude and payload flexibility over earlier systems.

The Gray Eagle UAS is powered by a heavy fuel engine for higher performance, better fuel efficiency, common fuel on the battlefield and a longer lifetime.

The system is fielded in platoon sets consisting of four unmanned aircraft, two Universal Ground Control Stations, two Ground Data Terminals, one Portable Ground Control Station, one Portable Ground Data Terminal, one Satellite Ground Data Terminal, an automated takeoff and landing system, light medium tactical vehicles, and other ground-support equipment operated and maintained by a company of 128 Soldiers within the Combat Aviation Brigade.

BENEFIT TO THE WARFIGHTER

The MQ-1C provides the warfighter with dedicated, assured, multimission UAS capabilities across all 10 Army divisions to support commanders’ combat operations.

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Length: 28 feet
  • Wingspan: 56 feet
  • Gross takeoff weight: 3,600 pounds
  • Maximum speed: 150 knots
  • Ceiling: 25,000 feet
  • Range: 2,500 nautical miles via satellite communications
  • Endurance: 27-plus hours
  • Payload: Up to four HELLFIRE missiles

Program Status

Current: Full rate production

Projected Activities

FY16-17:

  • Execute the Extended-Range Gray Eagle effort for the echelons-above-division units

Foreign Military Sales

None

Contractors

  • General Atomics, Aeronautical Systems Inc. (San Diego, CA)

PEO

PEO-Aviation