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Army Divisions will get 9 Gray Eagles to train, but will deploy with 12

 

U.S. ArmyWashington, D.C. – The Army plans additional Gray Eagle units, one for each of 10 active-duty divisions, and several more for special operations units, aerial exploitation units and the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, CA.

With the current program of record, a purchase of 152 Gray Eagles in total, the Army won’t have enough of the aircraft to give a full assignment of 12 aircraft to every one of the divisions it plans on equipping; so some may get as few as nine aircraft. But when those units go downrange, they will get a full component, Army aviation officials said.

An MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft makes its way down an airfield on Camp Taji, Iraq, before a surveillance mission in the Baghdad area. The Gray Eagle is the Army’s newest “eyes in the sky,” and is being tested by Quick Reaction Capability 1-Reaction 1, the only unit using the aircraft in Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Roland Hale, eCAB, 1st Inf. Div. PAO)

An MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft makes its way down an airfield on Camp Taji, Iraq, before a surveillance mission in the Baghdad area. The Gray Eagle is the Army’s newest “eyes in the sky,” and is being tested by Quick Reaction Capability 1-Reaction 1, the only unit using the aircraft in Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Roland Hale, eCAB, 1st Inf. Div. PAO)

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