When E Company, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR) (Airborne), activated last month, it become just the fifth Gray Eagle company in the U.S. Army, and the first in special operations.
Currently, each Special Forces group has an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) platoon consisting of the AAI RQ-7 Shadow, designed to provide UAS support at the brigade level. The General Atomics MQ-1C Gray Eagle brings more capability to the fight, and is able to support at the Theater Special Operations Command level.
“It’s like comparing apples and elephants,” said Sgt. First Class Jason Guenther, U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command UAS Noncommissioned Officer in Charge. “There’s no comparison between the Shadow and Gray Eagle.”
For the complete story by Maj. Emily Potter of the Special Operations Aviation Command via Clarksville (Tenn.) Online, click here.
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