General Atomics Receives $99M Contract for PBL Support Services for U.S. Army MQ-1C Gray Eagle Unmanned Aircraft System

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI) was awarded a $99 million cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for performance based logistics support services for the U.S. Army MQ-1C Gray Eagle Unmanned Aircraft System.

Fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance, Army funds for the amount were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

The contract work will be performed in Poway, California, with an estimated completion date of April 23, 2024.

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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