MQ-1C Gray Eagle Unmanned Aircraft System (MQ-1C Gray Eagle)
U.S. Army Redstone Arsenal United States
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The MQ-1C Gray Eagle Unmanned Aircraft System MQ-1C Gray Eagle provides the Division Commander a dedicated, assured, multi-mission unmanned aircraft system for the tactical fight assigned to the Combat Aviation Brigade CAB in each Division and supports the Division Fires, Battlefield Surveillance Brigades, and Brigade Combat Teams based upon the Division Commanders priorities. Additionally, MQ-1C Gray Eagle provides reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition command and control communications relay signals intelligence electronic warfare attack detection of weapons of mass destruction battle damage assessment and manned-unmanned teaming capabilities. Fifteen Gray Eagle Warfighting companies are assigned as follows ten companies assigned to Army divisions, one company to the National Training Center NTC, one company to the U.S. Army Special Operations Command USASOC, and three companies to the Intelligence and Security Command INSCOM. Version 8.7, Revision 3 of the CPD for MQ-1C Gray Eagle defines an operational requirement for Improved Gray Eagle IGE. IGE provides for increased range, endurance, and payload carrying capability for Echelons Above Division. IGE provides the Army with an extended range, multi-purpose unmanned aircraft system capable of executing reconnaissance, security, attack, and intelligence collection missions in the range of military operations. Sensorspayloads include an Electro-OpticalInfraredLaser Designator, Synthetic Aperture RadarMoving Target Indicator, Signals Intelligence, and Hellfire missiles providing a near all-weather mission capability. When integrated with manned systems, manned-unmanned teaming, IGE enhances the capability to provide more accurate and timely information and intelligence, and significantly reduces the time to conduct tactical engagements. A total of 36 of the 167 MQ-1C UAS aircraft will be delivered in the IGE configuration.