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GCS  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1996
Total Production: ?
Unitary Cost: USD$40 million
Also Known As: Ground Control Station
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: General Atomics
Parent System: GCS
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1996
Total Production: ?
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Description: The Ground Control Station (GCS) has been designed by General Atomics to control the Predator UAV, as well as other UAVs fielded within the US Armed Forces. It consists of C-band line-of-sight data-link, Ku-band satellite data-link for beyond the line-of-sight operations, UAVs and the control station. Real time surveillance data is provided to the GCS by the UAVs. The surveillance data can be passed to tactical commanders at the front-line or maritime commanders at sea. The GCS can be deployed mounted on a HMMWV vehicle with only a crew of 3 (1 pilot and 2 sensors operators) required for UAV control operations. However each GCS involves a crew of 55-man for 24-hour operation and maintenance tasks. The whole GCS, crew and UAVs are C-130 transportable. In addition, the GCS can be installed in large platforms such as aircraft, ships and submarines.

GCS Applications


Combat Aircraft MQ-1 Predator Support Aircraft RQ-1B Predator

GCS Specifications

Crew: 55
CEP: Circular Error Probable
Meters (m)   Kilometers (km)   Nautic Miles (nm)   Inch (in)   Yard (yd)   Foot (ft)   Millimeter (mm)
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GCS News

There are 2 news between
3 Aug 2004 and 27 Sep 2016
Tuesday, September 27, 2016GA-ASI Demonstrates Advanced Long-Range Communications Capability
Tuesday, August 3, 2004SilentEyes Micro-UAV Tested at Edwards

Operators & Related Equipment


OperatorsItems

Grand Total 482
Combat Aircraft
MQ-1 Predatorx4
Support Aircraft
RQ-1B Predatorx4
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