UAV MQ-1C Gray Eagle will become a gunner and rocket carrier drones

UAV MQ-1C Gray Eagle will become a gunner and rocket carrier drones

The American long-range reconnaissance and drone drone MQ-1C Gray Eagle (Gray Eagle) can get two more functions. As transmits "NPlus1"General Atomics, the company producing this drone, began testing the UAV version as a gunner for ballistic missiles, and also as a carrier for small unmanned drones.


According to available information, tests of both versions of the MQ-1C Gray Eagle UAV began back in November last year and are being carried out on an initiative basis at the company's expense. The capabilities of new developments will be demonstrated by the US military during the tests planned for this year, after which General Atomics plans to receive funding for its developments.

It is assumed that in the version of the gunner for ballistic missiles, the MQ-1C Gray Eagle will be used to more accurately target the strikes of new tactical ballistic missiles, developed to replace obsolete ammunition with cluster warheads of ATACMS tactical complexes.

The device will receive a Lynx Block 30A radar station with a synthesized aperture and a mode for detecting and identifying ground and surface targets. Thanks to this radar, the drone will be able to detect and identify ground targets of the enemy and transmit targeting data to LRPF missile launchers.

In the version of the carrier of small drones, it is assumed that the latter can significantly expand the intelligence capabilities of the MQ-1C Gray Eagle. By sending them to the sides, the drone can significantly expand the field of view, more reliably identify ground targets, etc., as well as significantly expand the communication zone. Also, small drones can serve as false targets when attacking an UAV with anti-aircraft weapons.

At the moment, it is too early to talk about the prospects of these developments, but General Atomics intends to bring the developments to the likely adoption of the American army.

Earlier it was reported that the drone MQ-1C Gray Eagle can be in the air for up to 30 hours, while developing a speed of up to 280 km / h. The drone is intended primarily for reconnaissance, but can serve as a shock drone. To do this, he can carry four missiles AGM-114 Hellfire and four guided aerial bombs GBU-44 / B Viper Strike.
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  1. Ratmir_Ryazan 23 January 2020 11: 28 New
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    When do we get this?
    1. maxim947 23 January 2020 11: 38 New
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      It will be hard for us to catch up with the adversaries. Especially considering their ongoing modernization and the introduction of new designs.
      It’s good that at least our electronic warfare system is at its “height” today
      1. Victor Tsenin 23 January 2020 13: 44 New
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        Why catch it? With such parameters, in conflict with a serious opponent, this will not reach anywhere and will not lead anything)
    2. kjhg 23 January 2020 11: 39 New
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      In 10-15 years, at best
    3. Krasnoyarsk 23 January 2020 11: 41 New
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      Quote: Ratmir_Ryazan
      When do we get this?

      When R & D money will not be spared.
      1. Lexus 23 January 2020 16: 29 New
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        When R & D money will not be spared.

        ... and they will spend them for their intended purpose, and not "bullet" on changing signage, luxury goods, "golden bonuses, travel and parachutes" to top management, kickbacks, concerts, cartoons, multiple overpayments during purchases and other theft.
      2. NEOZ 23 January 2020 17: 39 New
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        Quote: Krasnoyarsk
        When R & D money will not be spared.

        give a link to the TOR for R&D .... or provide evidence of the TK for R&D for this product.
        ps
        1. Krasnoyarsk 23 January 2020 17: 51 New
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          Quote: NEOZ
          give a link to the TOR for R&D .... or provide evidence of the TK for R&D for this product.

          Щщщщазззз. Maybe you also have the keys to the apartment where the money is?
    4. dorz 23 January 2020 11: 46 New
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      Quote: Ratmir_Ryazan
      When do we get this?

      Recently completed tests of an experimental prototype UAV Altius-U. But the number of units also matters. sad
      https://topwar.ru/166980-uzga-zakonchil-ispytanija-jeksperimentalnogo-obrazca-bpla-altius-u.html
      1. rich 23 January 2020 12: 06 New
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        multipurpose UAV MQ-1C "Gray Eagle"


        Main characteristics of the UAV MQ-1C "Gray Eagle":
        Maximum take-off weight, kg: 1633;
        Wing span, m: 17,1;
        Fuselage Length, m: 8,5;
        Height, m: 2,2;
        Engine: 1 x Thielert Centurion 1,7;
        Power, l S .: 1 x 145;
        Maximum flight speed, km / h: 280;
        Range, km: 370;
        Practical ceiling, m: 8840;
        Flight Duration, h: 36;
        Payload mass, kg: 360
        Payload: up to 360 kg of target equipment, including Northrop Grumman ZPY-1 STARLite radar, Raytheon AAS-52 gyro-stabilized ventral turret with optoelectronic and infrared sensors, laser target designator.
        Armament: four UR AGM-1 14 "Hellfire" class "air - ground", or four UAB GBU-44 / B "Viper Strike", or eight AIM-92 "Stinger".
        Thielert Aircraft Engines GmbH Centurion 1,7 four-cylinder engine optimized for operation at high altitudes. The flight duration for this UAV at altitudes up to 100,7 m is 7620 hours, the combat radius is 36 km.
        UAV MQ-1C "Gray Eagle" is equipped with satellite navigation systems, tracking equipment and target detection in the optical, infrared and radar ranges.
        1. vadim dok 23 January 2020 17: 55 New
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          More than 40000 feet is 12120 meters, but not 8840, as you indicated, 210 knots is 380 km / h, not 280 km / h. Where did you find this data? It seems that these data are in the TTX IN ENGLISH,
    5. Tiksi-3 23 January 2020 12: 16 New
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      Quote: Ratmir_Ryazan
      When do we get this?

      when they begin to restore science and production at a real pace.
      1. Ka-52 23 January 2020 13: 33 New
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        when they begin to restore science and production at a real pace.

        it is necessary to change the approach to science and production. We have it since communist times.
        1. Tiksi-3 23 January 2020 14: 16 New
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          Quote: Ka-52
          change the approach to science

          Quote: Ka-52
          We have it since communist times.

          did you teach at the department during the times of the USSR?
          1. Ka-52 24 January 2020 06: 32 New
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            did you teach at the department during the times of the USSR?

            I studied in the days of the deep USSR
            1. Tiksi-3 24 January 2020 07: 52 New
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              Quote: Ka-52
              I studied in the days of the deep USSR

              and you, as a student, immediately realized that you need to change the approach in teaching ??
              1. Ka-52 24 January 2020 08: 10 New
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                and you, as a student, immediately realized that you need to change the approach in teaching ??

                If you think that evolution in the fields of activity of the state should not leave an imprint on the organization of the educational process, then everything is clear to you.
                1. Tiksi-3 24 January 2020 09: 18 New
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                  Quote: Ka-52
                  If you think evolution

                  belay crying
                  Quote: Ka-52
                  leave a mark on the organization of the learning process

                  recourse repeat fool wake up !!!
  2. knn54 23 January 2020 11: 32 New
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    A predatory thing of the 21st century.
  3. rocket757 23 January 2020 11: 54 New
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    This can be extinguished, but this is for no reason a reason to postpone our own developments on this topic.
    1. Vasily Ponomarev 23 January 2020 12: 13 New
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      you can extinguish anything
    2. Krasnodar 23 January 2020 12: 25 New
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      Emphasis on their mass use.
      1. rocket757 23 January 2020 12: 39 New
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        Quote: Krasnodar
        Emphasis on their mass use.

        A swarm of drones, a swarm of missiles, is a real threat to anyone. Therefore, SHIT and SWORD are forged, no other arguments have been invented yet, so that I would have won all of them. This is an objective reality.
        Everything rests on effective means of reconnaissance and airspace control!
        The sooner you learn about the attack, at distant approaches, the more time it takes to take countermeasures.
        There is nothing secondary in this matter.
        1. Krasnodar 23 January 2020 12: 49 New
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          Yes it is clear. Accordingly, we need a layered air defense system, over-the-horizon radars, AWACS aircraft, etc.
          1. rocket757 23 January 2020 12: 57 New
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            An integrated approach to solving any problem. It includes ALL elements of intelligence, of all military branches. Fleet, aviation at distant approaches, ground-based facilities, all into a single network control / management system! And to hit, if anything, there is someone and what.
        2. Oquzyurd 23 January 2020 13: 35 New
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          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vqMFXaFY7w Любая страна,считающим себя развитым и технологичным,должна иметь в арсенале ВС подразделении с роями дронов,работающих вне зависимости от GPS. Турки уже создали такие взводы с дронами,от 20 до 40 шт.
    3. Oquzyurd 23 January 2020 13: 20 New
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      In the world, basically 4 countries can boast of UAV development, and mass production. These are the USA, China, Israel and Turkey. Everyone else is thinking, planning, or at a very slow pace they want to do something.
      1. rocket757 23 January 2020 14: 12 New
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        Drones do not win the war ... when not later.
        That is to ensure that they would not fly at all and finally, with the rest of the army ... that is how wars win.
        It's simple, you can “flutter” like that, and we can level it all and that's it.
        What is important and what eats extra. Let it be for now.