General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has won a contract to produce Improved Gray Eagle unmanned aerial systems for the U.S. Army.
The company said Wednesday the award covers full-rate production of 19 UAS that are scheduled for delivery in September 2018.
The IGE is anÂ updated version of the service branch’s Gray Eagle drone and works to carry out intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations as well as provide close air support to land-based forces.
The drone has a total payload capacity of 4, 200 pounds and is built to fly for up to 40 hours.
The IGE has weapons and sensor systems and is designed to accommodate an internal fuel load of up to 850 pounds with its straight belly structure.