Improved Gray Eagle® (IGE) is an advanced version of the combat-proven Block 1 Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft system (UAS) developed by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI). It is intended to meet the next-generation combat needs of the US Army warfighters.
The aircraft offers extended endurance, increased payload capacity, and high-reliability. Its mission capabilities include surveillance, reconnaissance and target acquisition, communications relay, and weapons delivery.
GA-ASI's Predator / Gray Eagle-series aircraft surpassed the three million flight-hour milestone in October 2014.
Development of Improved Gray Eagle UAS was supported by Internal Research and Development (IRAD) funds.
The aircraft's maiden flight took place at GA-ASI's El Mirage Flight Operations Facility in Adelanto, California, in July 2013. The UAS performed first of two endurance demonstration flights funded by the Army Unmanned Aircraft Systems Project Office in October 2013.