Unmanned Vehicles

Hughes offers upgrade to US Army‘s Gray Eagle

12th March 2020 - 15:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


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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.  

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