General Atomics awarded contract modification for Gray Eagle UAS support

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI) has been awarded a modification to contract by the U.S. Army Contracting Command, for 12 months of maintenance and repair support of fielded MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft system (UAS) units.

The value of the contract modification is around $462 million.

According to statement from U.S. Department of Defense, the contract work will be performed in Poway, California, with an estimated completion date of Oct. 23, 2018.

MQ-1C Gray Eagle

General Atomics MQ-1C Gray Eagle 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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