General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. has successfully completed the first flight tests of the next generation flight computer for the MQ-1C Gray Eagle extended range unmanned aircraft system.
Testing took place at GA-ASI’s El Mirage Flight Test Facility in El Mirage, Calif., as part of U.S. Army-funded development efforts to upgrade and modernize the GE-ER .
GA-ASI successfully flight tested the new flight control module on September 13 and 14, 2022. The flights included the Eagle flight computer assembly which provides processing power, memory and a high-speed Ethernet interface increased. Modernized avionics will enable advanced computing, open systems modular approach and automation, as well as redundancy and environmental improvements.
This flight test series also provides critical risk reduction for the FCM-based Gray Eagle 25M UAS along with advanced data link, avionics and communications enhancements, as well as HFE 2.0 and Brushless capabilities. Generator, which are expected to begin flight testing in early 2023.
“Together with our U.S. Army teammates, we are making significant progress in preparing GE-ER for successful joint all-domain operations in contested environments,” said GA-ASI Vice President of Programs. army, Don Cattell. “Completing the GE-ER modernization enables readiness, reliability, versatility and success for the Army’s highest priority reconnaissance, surveillance, targeting and acquisition missions at all echelons of command .”