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Army Test Flies Unmanned Airborne EW Attack System; Clay Ogden Comments

droneThe U.S. Army has completed a series of flight tests onan unmanned airborne electronic attack platform in order to assess its technical capability to deploy jammer to another aerial system.

The Army conducted the testing for the Gray Eagle unmanned system-fixed Networked Electronic Warfare Remotely Operated from June 2 to June 19 within The Great Salt Lake Desert at Dugway Proving Ground Utah, the Army said July 10.

“This demonstrated the viability of a Gray Eagle based high-powered jamming capability to support the Army’s EW (electronic warfare) counter-communications and broadcasting EW requirements in the future,” said Clay Ogden, an expert for airborne electronic attack programs for the Army’s electronic warfare division.

“Results of the flight testing will inform development of the Army’s organic Multi-Function Electronic Warfare capability, which is an integral part of the Integrated EW System of the future,” added Ogden.

He said the NERO system completed a 32-hour flight during the testing and the jammer operated for 20 hours.

The Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization funded the NERO program.

Raytheon, General Atomics, the project manager for the Army’s UAS program and the Naval Surface Warfare Center collaborated to install the jammer on the Gray Eagle aircraft.

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