The General Atomics MQ-1C Gray Eagle (also known as Improved Gray Eagle) is an extended ranged multi-purpose (ER/MP) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that was developed by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems for use by the United States Army. The MQ-1C Gray Eagle is medium altitude, long distance (MALE) and is an upgrade to the MQ-1 Predator, also developed by General Atomics.
The MQ-1C Gray Eagle is an improvement over the MQ-1 Predator, which was also produced for use for the United States Army, boasts greater endurance in the air (flight time is 48 hours) and a greater payload compared to the previous version. In terms of flight capabilities, not only does it have a flight time of 48 hours, it has a maximum altitude of 29,000 ft, with a maximum airspeed of about 167 knots (which averages to around 192.180mph).
Fourth Echelon version Edit
The MQ-1C Gray Eagle used by Fourth Echelon appears to be much different compared to the MQ-1C Gray Eagle used by the United States Army, although an exact image of Fourth Echelon's model is not provided. It is shown that Fourth Echelon's version has a sniper rifle system integrated, and designed, to be controlled remotely from the air. Additionally, it seems that the MQ-1C has a AI system that targets a hostile head, as long as the reticle is placed in their 'hitbox' square.
- The rocket has lock-on ability, use it wisely if the cannon is unsuitable, but it has a short cooldown before another rocket can be fired. So try to kill multiple targets with one rocket, or hit the most troublesome enemy with rocket, then switch to the cannon again.
- The sniper rifle on the drone is extremely accurate, but it will take time to chamber another round after firing, bear this in mind while shooting multiple enemies at the same time.
- In Splinter Cell: Blacklist, the MQ-1C Gray Eagle is used four times: the first is at the Insurgent Camp, second time is in the Mexico level, the third time is in Iran, and the fourth time is used during one of Briggs' Missions.
- The MQ-1C is never actually seen, or spoken by official designation. It's type is revealed, however, on the visual 'digital' effect during the Insurgent Camp mission that identifies the UAV (when it's being hacked).