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General Atomics, the U.S. unmanned air systems (UAS) manufacturer, announced the successful completion of the first of two planned U.S. Army endurance demonstration flights with its Improved Gray Eagle. This next-generation derivative of the combat-proven Gray Eagle lifted off from GA Flight Operations Facility in Adelanto, Calif., and landed 45.3 hours later.

The Gray Eagle UAV. Illustration Photo: General Atomics
The Gray Eagle UAV. Illustration Photo: General Atomics

This first endurance flight is a significant accomplishment for Improved Gray Eagle as it demonstrates the aircraft’s game-changing potential for saving the lives of Army Soldiers abroad by providing extended surveillance coverage, along with the ability to self-transit to other remote distant locations,” said Frank W. Pace, president, Aircraft Systems Group, GA.

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The new version has a Max Gross Takeoff Weight (MGTOW) of 4,200 pounds, utilizing the 205HP Lycoming DEL-120 engine. Gray Eagle has a GTOW of 3,600 pounds with a 160HP rated engine.