The General Atomics MQ-1C Gray Eagle UAV is a long-range, multi-role tactical UAV designed for the US Army based on the MQ-1 Predator UAV. The UAV made its first flight in October 2004, and since 2009 the system has been used in Afghanistan and Iraq. The new MQ-1C received the official designation Gray Eagle in August 2010.
Gray Eagle differs from the Predator UAV with a larger wing span and a Thielert Centurion 1.7 engine optimized for high-altitude operation. The flight duration of the UAV at altitudes up to 7620 m is 36 hours, the combat radius is 370 km.
In the nose part of the fuselage of increased size, a radar with a synthesized beam aperture, capable of working in mapping mode, and a multispectral surveillance system AAS-52 are installed.
The NERO container jamming system, installed on the Gray Eagle UAV, is similar in its capabilities to the CEASAR (Communications Electronic Attack Surveillance and Reconnaissance) radio-electronic countermeasures system tested in combat conditions. The NERO system is capable of pinpoint jamming of the enemy’s radars and communication systems without jamming or blinding the radio electronics of its troops.
Armament up to 363 kg, including four AGM-114 Hellfire air-to-surface missiles and a GBU-44/N Viper Strike anti-aircraft missile on four underwing pylons.