Grey Eagle Analysis

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Gray Eagle Overview SGT Mack James 35G ALC Class 18-F03 February 20, 2018 The Gray Eagle is an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) developed by General Atomics in August 2005, to replace the RQ-5 Hunter. The aircraft is an armed, medium altitude, long endurance asset. It has Full Motion Video (FMV), Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), and Ground Moving Target Indicator (GMTI) capabilities. The UAS is in use today in the CENTCOM Area of Responsibility (AOR). It has conducted over 10,000 missions to date. This asset directly supports five of the Warfighting Functions and indirectly supports mission command. In 2002, the U.S. Army had a competition to replace the RQ-5 Hunter. Two aircraft were entered, the IAI/Northrop Grumman Hunter II and the Warrior.…show more content…
The wingspan is 56 feet (17meters) and 28 feet (9 meters) long. It has a Thielert 165 HP heavy fuel engine with a max gross takeoff weight 3,600 pounds (1633 kilograms). The asset can carry up to four Hellfire Missiles. Its payload include FMV, Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), and GMTI. The asset can reach an altitude of 29,000 feet (8839.2 meters), max endurance of 25 hours, and max air speed of 167 Knots True Airspeed. These capabilities provide U.S. Army commanders ISR, convoy protection, Improvised Explosive Device (IED) detection and defeat, close air support, and weapons delivery missions. These capabilities are vital to all the Warfighting Functions. The Warfighting Function “Movement and Maneuver” allows GFC’s (Ground Force Commanders) to move equipment and troops across the battlespace. The Gray Eagle provides convoy protection, IED detection and defeat, and close air support, which assist in moving troops and equipment. The Intelligence Warfighting Function supports force generation, situational awareness of the Area of Operation (AO), and targeting. This asset has ISR and FMV capabilities, allowing GFC’s better overviews of the battle space. The major limitation to this aircraft is weather…show more content…
The Gray Eagle provides munitions for the Fires Warfighting Function to conduct targeting operations. It provides convoy protection assisting Sustainment on the battlefield the asset also provides Forward Operating Base, or “FOB”, overwatch, assisting in the Protection Warfighting Function. Mission Command is the most vital Warfighting Function. It enables the U.S. Army to conduct Unified Land Operations. All five Warfighting Functions support Mission Command. The Gray Eagle assists in successfully supporting all five of the Warfighting

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