Military Embedded Systems

MQ-1C UAS from GA-ASI completes follow-on test & evaluation for U.S. Army


October 10, 2018

Lisa Daigle

Assistant Managing Editor

Military Embedded Systems

AUSA 2018--WASHINGTON. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) -- in cooperation with the U.S. Army -- recently completed Follow-On Test & Evaluation (FOT&E) for its MQ-1C ER Gray Eagle Extended Range unmanned aircraft system (UAS). Testing began in early June 2018 and spanned 644 flight hours during the testing period.

During the trial, MQ-1C-ER flew close to 40 hours in support of critical testing, yielding results that significantly exceeded the goals for endurance, say company officials. The troops performing the testing -- held at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, California -- gauged the full range of MQ-1C-ER’s capability to support the Army’s vision for long range and persistent reconnaissance.

“The Gray Eagle ER clearly demonstrated its ability to support the future force. We added multiple payloads that enable it to perform a wide range of missions to further support the warfighter in contested operations,” said Alexander.


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