New U.S. Drones Deployed in S.Korea

  • By Kim Jin-myung

    March 14, 2017 09:24

    The U.S. is deploying new missile attack and surveillance drones known as MQ-1C Gray Eagles at an airbase here.

    The Gray Eagles have started arriving at the U.S. airbase in Gunsan, North Jeolla Province, where they will be attached to the 2nd U.S. Infantry Division, a spokesman said Monday.

    /Yonhap

    The Gray Eagle is an 8 m-long medium-altitude drone with a 17-m wingspan, an improved version of the Predator drones that the U.S. used with mixed success to assassinate Taliban leaders in the Afghanistan wars.

    Carrying all-weather night vision surveillance equipment, it can fly at a speed of 280 km/h for up to 30 hours.

    The Gray Eagle can carry four Hellfire anti-tank missiles, which can strike tanks 8 km away, and four GBU-44/B Viper precision-guided munitions. Armed with Stinger air-to-air missiles, the drone can also attack enemy helicopters.

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