Gray Eagle 25M UCAV Makes Maiden Flight

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Gray Eagle 25M UCAV Makes Maiden Flight
The newest version of the U.S.’s MQ-1 Predator line of UCAVs, Gray Eagle 25M or GE-25M, made its maiden flight on the 5th of December, 2023.

GE-25M is developed within the scope of the Gray Eagle Modernisation Program to keep the UCAVs effective for the multi-domain operational environment. A contract not exceeding  $389 million for the Gray Eagle 25M Production Representative Test Aircraft was awarded to General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI).
The newest version of MQ-1 features upgrades for data processing/storage and modularity to help keep the UCAV operationally relevant into the 2050s. The new capabilities require increased power generation, provided by the new HFE 2.0 engine, putting out 200 hp of power.
MQ-1, the predecessor to the larger MQ-9 Reaper, continues to serve as the lighter and cheaper alternative with upgrades in the U.S. service for ISR, border patrol and strike missions. MQ-1’s flight performance and payload options have been improved throughout its service.
For the past few years, GA-ASI has been developing new capabilities in UCAVs with both new platforms and upgrades. New platforms of GA-ASI include Mojave STOL UCAV designed for short and unprepared runways, MQ-9B SeaGuardian maritime patrol UCAV and MQ-9B STOL kit for LHD-type ships.

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