Hughes offers upgrade to US Army‘s Gray Eagle
EchoStar Corporation subsidiary Hughes Network Systems has been awarded a data link modernisation sub-contract by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, to provide Next Gen SATCOMs for the US Army’s Gray Eagle UAV.
In a statement released on 11 March, the company said that it will be providing advanced ruggedised HM400 modems to integrate waveform technology to support a range of mission requirements for the US Army.
Rick Lober, VP and General Manager of Defense Division at Hughes, said: ‘This contract reinforces the commitment of both General Atomics and Hughes to serving the US Army with enhanced communications capabilities for mission-critical unmanned platforms.’
The SATCOMS for the MQ-9B SkyGuardian have also been supplied by Hughes.
More from Uncrewed Vehicles
UK flight test sees largest unmanned aircraft take off from a Royal Navy aircraft carrier.
CATIC have displayed its new AR-2000 drone at Dubai Airshow 2023, emphasising ship-based capabilities with PLA already purchasing.
Australia has ordered four Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton UAS which can operate as an uncrewed maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) alongside the country’s in-service Boeing P-8A MPA fleet.
The Khronos tethered UAS has been designed to be simple to use and has drawn on Elistair’s experience with hundreds of existing customers.
The use of long-duration Uncrewed Surface Vehicles for maritime surveillance and monitoring has become part of the fleet inventory as navies try to reduce the level of effort required to gather intelligence on areas of interest.
A growing number of uncrewed systems have been on show at Sydney's Indo-Pacific Maritime exhibition with a select few currently being trialled to see if they can enhance the Royal Australian Navy's surveillance levels.