US to deploy new Gray Eagle attack drone system in South Korea

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A soldier with Delta Company, 25th Aviation Regiment inspects the airframe of an MQ-1C Gray Eagle last year at Fort Wainwright, Alaska's Ladd Army Airfield. SEAN BRADY/U.S. ARMY
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A soldier with Delta Company, 25th Aviation Regiment inspects the airframe of an MQ-1C Gray Eagle last year at Fort Wainwright, Alaska's Ladd Army Airfield. SEAN BRADY/U.S. ARMY

US to deploy new Gray Eagle attack drone system in South Korea

by: Kim Gamel | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: March 14, 2017

SEOUL, South Korea — The U.S. military is deploying a new Gray Eagle attack drone system in South Korea as it moves to bolster capabilities against a growing threat from the North.

A Gray Eagle Unmanned Aerial Systems company will be permanently stationed at Kunsan Air Base, south of Seoul, U.S. Forces Korea said Monday.

Work has begun on upgrading infrastructure to pave way for the company, which is expected to be active at the beginning of next year, Maj. Jennifer Lovett, a USFK spokeswoman, told Stars and Stripes.

The company will be assigned to the 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade of the 2nd Infantry Division, a USFK statement said. The military did not immediately say how many drones would be sent to the divided peninsula or give a timeline for their arrival.

It said the drone system will add “significant intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capability” to U.S. forces in Korea and their South Korean allies. The stationing of the company directly supports the “strategic plan to add one Gray Eagle company to each division in the Army,” it added.

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