The Army, Marine Corps, Air Force and Navy have named Tobyhanna Army Depot the depot source of repair for the Gray Eagle (MQ-1C) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Ground Control Stations (GCSs).
Tobyhanna was selected based on infrastructure, training and technical expertise for this type of work. Repairs will begin in fiscal year 2016 with 19 GCSs scheduled per year, totaling more than 75 systems through fiscal 2018.
The Gray Eagle system is a long-range, high-altitude UAS that provides the capability to perform wide-area reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition. It is also capable of relaying communications and can be equipped for attack missions. The system consists of the aircraft, GCS, data terminals and data links. Each GCS controls one Gray Eagle aircraft and is used by the operator to perform command and control, payload control and weapon launch operations.
Due to their complexity, Gray Eagle systems and components are currently replaced rather than repaired, exhausting money and resources. Depot personnel are developing cost-effective solutions to repair GCSs and increase capability.