Gray Eagle UAV work contract awarded to General Atomics

The company will manufacture unique initial spares and ground support for the aircraft, known as the Gray Eagle.

Gray Eagle UAV work contract awarded to General Atomics
Gray Eagle UAV work contract awarded to General Atomics

Gray Eagle UAV work contract awarded to General Atomics

Poway, California: General Atomics Aeronautical Systems received a $21.7 million contract modification for work on the MQ-1C unmanned aerial vehicle, the Defense Department announced.

The company will manufacture unique initial spares and ground support for the aircraft, known as the Gray Eagle. The drone aircraft, 26 feet long and with a 56-foot wingspan, was introduced in 2009 and has received regular upgrades since.

With a diesel-piston motor powered by jet fuel, it is regarded by the company as a long-endurance, armed, unmanned aircraft system that offers greater range, altitude, and payload flexibility over earlier systems. It can carry weapons as well as surveillance equipment and has been in use in Iraq, Afghanistan, and South Korea.

The new contract calls for work to be completed by July 31, 2021.