Military Embedded Systems

Gray Eagle UAS demonstrates multi-domain operations


January 23, 2020

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

SAN DIEGO, Calif. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) completed the first in a series of internally-funded Multi-Domain Operations (MDO) demonstrations using a company-owned Gray Eagle Extended Range (GE-ER) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS). GE-ER is a long-range variant of the U.S. Army’s MQ-1C Gray Eagle UAS.

The flight series will continue in 2020 and demonstrate that a GE-ER equipped with long-range sensors and Air Launched Effects (ALE) is designed to Detect, Identify, Locate, and Report (DILR) targetable data to support Long Range Precision Fires (LRPF) systems.

Equipped with Lynx Block 30A Long Range Synthetic Aperture Radar/Ground Moving Target Indicator (SAR/GMTI), the GE-ER demonstrated the ability to detect military targets out to a range of 75 km.  This combination of modes supports MDO operations over land or sea in the Pacific and European theaters.

All flights and future demonstrations will be controlled exclusively using GA-ASI Scalable Command & Control (SC2) software hosted on a laptop computer, intended to reduce the system's logistical footprint.



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