The U.S. Army’s use of unmanned aircraft is getting increasingly sophisticated, with deployment of the MQ-1C Gray Eagle, development of bidirectional payload datalinks and ground-based sense-and-avoid systems, as well as demonstrations of large-scale manned/unmanned teaming and damage-tolerant flight controls. Col. Gregory Gonzalez, the Army’s program manager for unmanned aircraft systems, told reporters Oct. 25 that the second four-aircraft Gray Eagle quick-reaction capability (QRC) ...


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