Despite shortcomings, MQ-1C Grey Eagle is 'game-changer'

While the reliability rate of the Army's MQ-1C Grey Eagle is not where it should be at this point in time, it is offering greater capabilities to the warfighters that it supports on the battlefield, reports the Army News Service.

The Grey Eagle program has some software glitches related to the challenge of adding new sensors to the platform, the story said. But what the Grey Eagle program lacks in reliability is made up for in the program's ability to stay within budget and, more importantly, to furnish more in terms of capability than what it was originally designed to do.
 
"We focused on what is more important. And what is more important is getting capability into hands of warfighters down range," said Maj. Gen. William Crosby, program executive officer, Army aviation. "The feedback we've gotten from our warfighter down range is this system is a game-changer."

 

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