Business

June 25, 2012

First full company of Gray Eagle UAS now deployed

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., a leading manufacturer of Unmanned Aircraft Systems, tactical reconnaissance radars, and electro-optic surveillance systems, announced June 25 the recent deployment of the first full company of Gray Eagle® UAS, F/227.

“Gray Eagle will provide F/227 with 24/7 RSTA [Reconnaissance, Surveillance, and Target Acquisition], precision attack, and communications relay capabilities,” said Frank W. Pace, president, Aircraft Systems Group, GA-ASI. “This system fielding does not rely on a legacy Ground Control Station [GCS], showing our total commitment to the One System GCS/ Universal GCS combined with the Tactical Controlled Data Link architecture.”

Following training and internal Army evaluation exercises, F/227 is now deployed with 12 aircraft. Gray Eagle aircraft logged over 1,700 flight hours during a total of 238 flights over the initial seven-month training and evaluation period. In the meantime, a second Gray Eagle company is currently staging its equipment in conjunction with readiness level operator and maintainer training.

Before the establishment of F/227, two groups of four aircraft each were deployed to Afghanistan via two Quick Reaction Capability initiatives. These QRCs are designed to support the war fighter, in addition to providing valuable lessons learned for the concurrently developing Program of Record. The QRCs also bring the added advantage of getting valuable technology into the hands of the Soldiers more quickly.

“The Gray Eagle UAS is providing unprecedented value to the operators,” said Richard Kretzschmar, deputy project manager, PM UAS, U.S. Army. “The feedback we’re getting from the QRCs is that this is a game-changing capability.”

Gray Eagle supported the Apache Block III Initial Operational Test & Evaluation in April to demonstrate manned-unmanned teaming in support of commanders and Soldiers. The Defense Acquisition Board review was conducted on June 1 and authorized the program to proceed with a third Low-Rate Initial Production purchase of 29 aircraft and supporting equipment, followed by IOT&E in August 2012. To date, GA-ASI has delivered 61 Gray Eagle aircraft to the Army, with another 44 aircraft currently on order.

The innovative and technologically sophisticated Gray Eagle aircraft performs long-endurance surveillance, communications relay, and weapons delivery missions with double the weapons capacity of the combat-proven Predator®. Featuring a Heavy Fuel Engine for increased supportability in the field, the aircraft is also equipped with triple redundant avionics, redundant flight controls/surfaces, and Electro-optical/Infrared and Synthetic Aperture Radar payloads.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Unmanned aircraft partnership reaches major milestone

A team of research students and staff from Warsaw University of Technology have successfully demonstrated the first phase of flight test and integration of unmanned aircraft platforms with an autonomous mission control system. The demonstration marks a significant milestone in a partnership between the university and Lockheed Martin that began earlier this year. This is...
 
 

Raytheon delivers first Block 2 Rolling Airframe Missiles to US Navy

Raytheon delivered the first Block 2 variant of its Rolling Airframe Missile system to the U.S. Navy as part of the company’s 2012 Low Rate Initial Production contract. RAM Block 2 is a significant performance upgrade featuring enhanced kinematics, an evolved radio frequency receiver, and an improved control system. “As today’s threats continue to evolve,...
 
 
Navy photograph

General Dynamics delivers submarine on schedule and, under target cost

Navy photograph The PCU North Dakota (SSN 784) during bravo sea trials. The crew performed exceptionally well on both alpha and bravo sea trials. The submarine North Dakota is the 11th ship of the Virginia class, the first U.S....
 

 
boeing-xiamen

Boeing, Xiamen Airlines celebrate airline’s first 787 Dreamliner Delivery

Boeing and Xiamen Airlines Aug. 29 celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first 787 Dreamliner. “We are excited to receive our first 787 Dreamliner which is also the first widebody airplane of our all-Boeing fleet...
 
 
LM-C5

Double Deuce

A U.S. Air Force crew ferried the 22nd C-5M Super Galaxy from the Lockheed Martin facilities in Marietta, Ga., Aug. 25. Aircraft 86-0011 was ferried by a crew led by Maj. Gen. Dwyer L. Dennis, Director, Global Reach Programs, O...
 
 
Northrop Grumman photograph

First ever RQ-4 Global Hawk hits 100th flight on NASA mission

Northrop Grumman photograph A historical look at the first Global Hawk (AV1) during its maiden flight over Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., on Feb. 28, 1998. AV1 has made history again with its 100th flight in support of NASA en...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>