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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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Fort Campbell’s 101st Combat Aviation Brigade’s Task Force Saber trains with Shadow Unmanned Aerial Systems

 

Written by Sgt. Tracy Weeden
101st Combat Aviation Brigade

Wings of DestinyFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Irwin, CA – For the first time ever, a task force of an Army aviation brigade deploys to a training scenario with their own unmanned aerial systems troop organic to them.

Task Force Saber, 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, made their debut to the National Training Center with F Troop and the RQ-7 Shadow UAS.

The 101st CAB is the first to have the UAS organic to their unit, truly creating a full spectrum aviation brigade.

Spc. David Thibault, F Troop, 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, unmanned aerial system maintainer, communicates with the UAS operator while conducting pre-flight operations, Feb. 17th, 2012, at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, CA. (Photo by Sgt. Tracy Weeden)

Spc. David Thibault, F Troop, 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, unmanned aerial system maintainer, communicates with the UAS operator while conducting pre-flight operations, Feb. 17th, 2012, at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, CA. (Photo by Sgt. Tracy Weeden)

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