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General Atomics, Army Demo New Datalink for Gray Eagle Extended Range UAS

General Atomics, Army Demo New Datalink for Gray Eagle Extended Range UAS - top government contractors - best government contracting event

 

General Atomics‘ aeronautical systems business has flight-tested a new datalink capability that the U.S. Army is looking to equip on a future, modernized version of the Gray Eagle Extended Range unmanned aircraft system.

The company said Thursday it demonstrated GE-ER’s ability to maintain link and accommodate high-bandwidth data rates with satellites in geostationary and medium Earth orbits.

The tests, which took place in December, demonstrated how the datalink can help GE-ER avoid interruptions during flight under multiple satellite constellations and maintain activity in contested environments.

The demonstration also included testing of advanced waveform capabilities to provide multiple line-of-sight options for the modernized GE-ER.

Don Cattell, vice president of Army programs at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., said the company and the Army are working together to make GE-ER ready for use in contested environments.

“Extensive use of modular open-systems approach principles, along with model-based systems engineering, made this capability possible,” Cattell said.

The modernized GE-ER will undergo flight testing in fourth quarter.

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Written by Nichols Martin

a staff writer at Executive Mosaic, produces articles on the federal government's technology and business interests. The coverage of these articles include government contracting, cybersecurity, information technology, health care and national security.

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