Fort Hood: Fort Hood Unveils Its Newest Unmanned Aviation Unit, Flight Operations To Begin Wednesday

By: Brittany Semadeni Email
By: Brittany Semadeni Email

FORT HOOD (March 4, 2013)--Fort Hood’s newest aviation unit, the MQ-1C Gray Eagle, will be unveiled Wednesday.

The Gray Eagle is an upgrade to the MQ-1 Predator and while it was introduced in 2009, soldiers from Company E, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Division were assigned to the 21st Cavalry Brigade in September of last year to receive training of the unmanned aerial system.

The more-than-3,000-pound aircraft has reconnaissance, surveillance, targeting and acquisition capabilities and is missile-equipped.

The soldiers’ training consisted of night-time operations and on Tuesday, the unit will complete 100 hours of incident-free flight and begin daytime flight operations which will include practice landing.

The aerial system’s debut will start at 9:30 a.m. at Robert Gray Army Airfield on post.

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