Raytheon Awarded Contract for 20 Common Sensor Payloads for U.S. Army’s MQ-1C Gray Eagle UAS

Raytheon is being awarded a contract for the procurement of 20 common sensor payloads (CSP) for the U.S. Army’s MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft system (UAS).

The CSP is an electro-optical/infrared sensor (EO/IR) system for the MQ-1C Gray Eagle UAS and consists of one turret and one electronics unit in each system as well as data.

The firm-fixed-price, definitive contract, worth $28.5 million, was awarded by the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division (NSWC Crane) located in Crane, Indiana. Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Army) funding for the amount will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

The primary mission of the EO/IR sensor system is to provide enhanced visual imagery to augment existing electronic sensors that will enhance low-visibility and night navigation, interception, observation and surveillance; insertion and extraction operations; combat search and rescue (SAR); identification; real-time situational awareness and threat warning; reconnaissance and surveillance as well as visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) operations.

The contract work will be performed in McKinney, Texas, and is expected to be completed by October 2019.

The General Atomics MQ-1C Gray Eagle (previously the Warrior; also called Sky Warrior and ERMP or Extended-Range Multi-Purpose) is an American medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aircraft system (UAS).

It was developed by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) for the United States Army as an upgrade of the General Atomics MQ-1 Predator.

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