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MQ-1C Grey Eagle

MQ-1C Grey Eagle

UAV General Atomics Sky Warrior due to modernization would be renamed MQ-1C Gray Eagle, refers to multi-purpose tactical unmanned vehicles. Unlike other representatives of this branch, the UAV has increased flight range characteristics. Designed on the basis of the MQ-1 Predator UAV specially for the US Air Force. In 2002, the army representative office announced a contest under the conditions of the ERMP program to create a worthy replacement for the Israeli IAI RQ-5 Hunter. During the contest, only two worthy options were identified: an improved version of RQ-5 and Sky Warrior. At the end of long checks after 3, the competition was won by the second applicant. As a result, the Air Force made an order for 11 systems with 12 units of UAVs and 5 ground control stations in each.

The first test flight took place in Sky Warrior October 2004 years. The project enjoyed the customer, and after some improvements in 2009 year had already started to apply in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2010 year UAV has received a new name - MQ-1C Grey Eagle. And in September, the US Army has officially confirmed rumors about deployment of systems 4 Grey Eagle in Afghanistan.

Although MQ-1С was executed on the basis of Predator, they are different from each other. In particular, in comparison with the base model, Sky Warrior has a wing with a big scope. The installed Thielert Centurion 1.7 engine is more optimized for flying and maneuvering at higher altitudes. Coming to a height of 7620 m, the UAV is able to hold out in the air for up to 36 hours, with its combat radius of application being 370 km. The forward part of the fuselage is enlarged, since in this place the engineers installed radar with synthesized aperture of the beam. Due to this, the drones can operate in the mapping mode. Also a novelty of the serial UAV was the installation of a multispectral overview system AAS-52.

MQ-1C Grey Eagle. Characteristics:



Modification MQ-1C
Wingspan, m 17.07
Aircraft Length m 8.53
Height, m 2.06
Weight, kg  
null 1452
maximum take-off 1633
engine's type 1 DD Thielert Centurion 1.7
Power, hp X 1 145
Maximum speed km / h 250
Cruising speed, km / h 195
Radius of action, km 370
Flight duration, h 36
Practical ceiling, m 8840
Armament: to 363 kg of weapons, including four UR "air-surface" AGM-114 Hellfire and KAB GBU-44 / N Viper Strike on four underwing pylons
Payload: 261 kg to target equipment, including radar Northrop Grumman ZPY-1 STARLite, gyrostabilized ventral turret Raytheon AAS-52 with optoelectronic and infrared sensors, laser target designator

 

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