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General Atomics Completes GE-25M Test Flight

New Gray Eagle Sports 5x Processing, 80x the Memory of Prior UAV Models

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, has capped its 1st test flight of the upcoming Gray Eagle 25M (GE-25M) Unmanned Aircraft System, publicly acknowledging the event that took place back in December.

The flight marks a milestone in the US Army's future Multi-Domain Operations (MDO)-capable GE-25M. The aircraft will one day serve in active duty and as a National Guard bird, funded by an undefinitized contract capped at $389 million. Once in service, General Atomics expects that it will soldier on well into the 2050's.

Testing so far has focused on the changes brought about by the aircraft's improved flight computation capabilities, made possible by the endless march of tech. The Gray Eagle 25M now sports 5 times the processing capacity and 80 times more data storage - even 10 times the RAM - allowing for much better processing on the fly. Better, more refined automation and autonomy will be an extremely helpful change for the new aircraft as it heads into the AI epoch. Testing also evaluated the Gray Eagle's HFE 2.0 engine and power generation systems, as well as the new engine, gearbox, and generator under prolonged lifetime use.

“In an MDO environment, Soldiers need the aircraft to operate with increased reliability along with reduced manning and equipment, which is why GE-25M significantly reduces the maintenance required on the aircraft,” said GA-ASI President David R. Alexander.

FMI: www.ga-asi.com

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