The US Army last month conducted the trials of the Hellfire missile replacement, Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) from the drone for the first time.
The JAGM was fired on May 25 from a Gray Eagle UAV, a variant of the US Predator platform, and hit a moving pickup truck at Dugway Proving Ground, Utah.
The JAGM flew just over 8km before hitting its target, which was traveling at a speed of about 20mph (32km/h), the US Army’s Joint Attack Munition Systems project manager, Col. James Romero, said.
“This missile has several modes and the missile successfully engaged the target without having to track and perfectly aimed the platform at that target,” Romero said, as cited by Defense News. “So this missile is really flexible in that it allows the pilot to sometimes be engaged or track the target the entire time or to leave the engagement and let the missile finish its engagement on its own.”
The missile was previously tested six times on Apache attack helicopters and Marine Corps Cobra helicopters. The Gray Eagle drone used in the test is still years from full integration with the new missile.
The US is expected to deploy MQ-IC Gray Eagle attack drone in South Korea. “There has been a move to dispatch the drone to be operated by the US Forces in Korea including last years test flight,” an unnamed military official was quoted as saying by Korea Herald news daily Wednesday
Lockheed Martin recently demonstrated the Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) dual-mode guidance section, engaging a laser-designated moving target during an internally funded flight test at Eglin Air Force Base. The rail-mounted JAGM guidance section flew six kilometers, engaged its precision-strike, semi-active laser and hit the moving target
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced in a press release Tuesday that it has officially transitioned its production line from the MQ-1C Gray Eagle to its new long-range variant, the MQ-1C ER Gray Eagle Extended Range following the completion of the last contracted MQ-1C aircraft
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The US Army has awarded General Atomics with a $222 million contract to manufacture 20 extended range MQ-1C Gray Eagle drones and associated satellite communications hardware and software. "General Atomics Aeronautical Systems was awarded a $221,577,527 modification to a prior contract for for hardware acquisition for the extended range Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft system," the US Department of Defense said in a press release Wednesday
US is eyeing to deploy Gray Eagle unmanned attack aircraft to its military base in Gunsan city of South Korea to enhance its strike capabilities against ground targets in North Korea. “They will be stationed at Kunsan Air Base, 180 km (112 miles) south of Seoul and would be permanently based in South Korea” United States Forces Korea spokesman Christopher Bush was quoted as saying by
The US Army has developed and tested six critical component technologies in its Small Organic Precision Munition Program to support the Lethal Miniature Aerial Missile System (LMAMS) requirement. The six government-owned critical components are: the Small Warhead, the Small Electronic Safety and Arming Device, Power, Secure Micro Digital Data Link, Image Stabilization/Autotracker, and the Laser Ranging Height Of Burst Sensor, according to the US Army press release
Blighter Surveillance Systems AUDS (Anti-UAV Defence System) team, a counter-unmanned aircraft system (C-UAS) has extended its partnership agreement with Liteye Systems for sales to include local manufacturing as well as local development and customisation of the AUDS platform in North America. Liteye Systems role as integration and support partner will include local manufacturing as well as development and customisation of the AUDS counter-UAS platform; AUDS mobile trailer platform developed by Liteye for rapid deployment purposes to support national security applications, the company said in a statement Tuesday
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