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Army Issues RFI on Gray Eagle UAS Data Link Update

Army Issues RFI on Gray Eagle UAS Data Link Update - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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PredatorThe Army has unveiled its plans to update the data link of MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft systems.

A request for information posted Aug. 27 asks for vendors that can provide receivers, antennas, modems and satellite communication components for the drone“™s data link system.

The Army wants to equip the drone with a ground SATCOM tool, new Tactical Common Data Link antennas and a fourth modem to help the data link to communicate on multiple bands.

Limitations of Gray Eagle“™s TCDL to communicate emerged during a series of manned-unmanned teaming tests in which Apache helicopter crews worked to control the Gray Eagle from the cockpit, according to a Breaking Defense report.

Interested companies can submit their responses to the RFI until Oct. 16.

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Written by Jane Edwards

is a staff writer at Executive Mosaic, where she writes for ExecutiveBiz about IT modernization, cybersecurity, space procurement and industry leaders’ perspectives on government technology trends.

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