Gray Eagle UAS to get avionics, data links, software upgrades

SAN DIEGO. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) has announced that it will team with the U.S. Army to enhance the capabilities and survivability of the MQ-1C ER Gray Eagle Extended Range (GE-ER) unmanned aircraft system (UAS).

Acccording to information from GA-ASI, the Army awarded GA-ASI multiple contracts to upgrade the Gray Eagle ER’s avionics, data links, and software in order to improve the UAS’s operational capability in contested environments, a move that aligns with the Army's stated vision of having an open architecture concept on the aircraft that can host government-owned software and enable the increased autonomy required to support scalable control interface and the rapid integration of long-range sensors.