Gray Ea­gle com­pletes ini­tial op­er­a­tional test­ing, eval­u­a­tion


The US Army’s Gray Ea­gle un­manned air­craft sys­tem re­cently com­pleted a suc­cess­ful ini­tial op­er­a­tional test­ing and eval­u­a­tion at the Army’s Na­tional Train­ing Cen­ter at Fort Ir­win, Cal­i­for­nia.

Dur­ing the ini­tial op­er­a­tional test­ing and eval­u­a­tion ( IOT&E) the Gray Ea­gle plat­form was op­er­ated from the Ed­wards Air Force Base, Cal­i­for­nia, and em­ployed in an op­er­a­tional and real­is­tic way in sup­port of a bri­gade com­bat team ro­ta­tion at NTC, ex­plained John Moltenberry, mil­i­tary test plans an­a­lyst, US Army Op­er­a­tional Test Com­mand, Army Test and Eval­u­a­tion Com­mand.

The ba­sic thrust of the IOT & E is to as­sess the de­gree to which a given plat­form or tech­nol­ogy meets its des­ig­nated re­quire­ments, typ­i­cally as a way to in­form an­tic­i­pated full-- rate pro­duc­tion de­ci­sions, he said.

Op­er­a­tors can con­trol the Gray Ea­gle through the use of satel­lite com­mu­ni­ca­tions –which al­low for “be­yond-line-of-sight” mis­sions — or through tac­ti­cal com­mon data link line-of-sight sig­nals, Moltenberry ex­plained.

Ti­mothy Bax­ter, the project man­ager for un­manned air­craft sys­tem, UAS, said the IOT & E ver­i­fied that the Gray Ea­gle plat­form was ef­fec­tive, oper­a­tionally suit­able and meet­ing sur­viv­abil­ity and force pro­tec­tion key per­for­mance pa­ram­e­ters. He also added that the be­yond low-rate-ini­tial-pro­duc­tion report in­cluded a hand­ful of worth­while rec­om­men­da­tions.

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