GA-ASI wins contract for Gray Eagle Block 0 contractor logistics services

General Atomics Aeronautical was awarded a contract modification for contractor logistics services for the unmanned aircraft system Gray Eagle Block 0.

The contract modification, worth around $95 million, awarded by the U.S. Army Contracting Command (ACC) located in Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of around $23 million were obligated at the time of the award.

The contract work will be performed in Poway, California, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 15, 2018.

MQ-1C Gray Eagle

General Atomics MQ-1C Gray Eagle (also Sky Warrior) is a medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aircraft system (UAS). It was developed by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) for the U.S. Army as an upgrade of the MQ-1 Predator.

The UAV can operate for 36 hours at altitudes up to 25,000 feet (7,600 m), with an operating range of 200 nautical miles (400 km).

The aircraft’s nose fairing was enlarged to house a synthetic aperture radar/ground moving target indicator (SAR/GMTI) system, and targeting is also provided with an AN/AAS-52 Multi-spectral Targeting System (MTS) under the nose.

The aircraft can carry a payload of 800 pounds (360 kg) and may be armed with weapons such as AGM-114 Hellfire missiles and GBU-44/B Viper Strike guided bombs.

The MQ-1C Gray Eagle UAS has been fielded to 12 U.S. Army operational units and has accumulated more than 290,000 flight hours. The MQ-1C is the Army’s most active kinetic platform in theater.

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