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US Army to Upgrade MQ-1C Gray Eagle Drone With Targeting Sensors

The US Army has awarded RTX, until recently known as Raytheon Technologies, a $118-million contract to deliver a Common Sensor Payload (CSP) for the MQ-1C Gray Eagle drone.

The CSP is an “electro-optical/infrared/laser designator sensor,” providing “battlespace awareness, force protection, and net-centric operations.”

The CSP version 3 will come equipped with a target location accuracy (TLA) capability.

Targeting Sensor

The TLA enables near real-time deployment of coordinate-seeking weapons, reducing the sensor-to-shooter process from minutes to seconds, according to the army.

“In addition to the TLA capability, the updated CSP will have several enhancements over the previous version,” Sensors-Aerial Intelligence project director Dennis Teefy said.

“It will have an improved camera with short-wave infrared capabilities, which will enable better resolution in low-light scenarios. It also addresses hardware obsolescence in the current CSP version 2 to ensure sustainment can continue well into the future.”

The payload’s fielding is expected to start in 2027.

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