U.S. Army National Guard Acquires Gray Eagle 25M Unmanned Aircraft System | Aviation

File photo of a Gray Eagle 25M. (Image credit: GA-ASI)

The acquisition will allow the National Guard to mirror the Multi-Domain Operations’ capabilities of the active duty component.

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) recently announced that the U.S. Army National Guard (ARNG) has ordered 12 Gray Eagle 25M (GE 25M) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). The new asset will allow the ARNG to mirror the active component in being Multi-Domain Operations (MDO) capable, deployable, and better able to team with newly formed Division Artillery Brigades.

ARNG leaders were granted part of the 2023 congressional funding for the acquisition, after they requested to field the Gray Eagle 25M and mirror active duty capabilities, since ARNG makes up 45% of the U.S. Army’s combat divisions. GA-ASI mentions that the UAS will also allow ARNG Divisions to have Divisional Reconnaissance, Surveillance, and Target Acquisition (RSTA) for the first time.

“The Gray Eagle platform has a proven record of performance with over a million hours of safe operations, including automatic takeoff and landing capability,” said GA-ASI Vice President of DoD Strategic Development Patrick Shortsleeve. “The aircraft excels as an enabler for Fires, Maneuver, Network, and Intelligence operations. It is also an integral part of the Army Aviation team, working closely with manned rotary-wing systems…

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