17 March 2017

News Story: Gray Eagle Stationing in South Korea Long Planned, Says U.S.

MQ-1C Gray Eagle (Image: Wiki Commons)
by Bill Carey

The U.S. Army has begun the process of stationing MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft in South Korea as part of its strategy of outfitting each division with a Gray Eagle company. Some media outlets interpreted the move, announced by U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) on March 12, as responding to recent missile launches by North Korea.

According to the USFK release, the Army, in coordination with the U.S. Air Force and the Republic of Korea armed forces, started the process of permanently stationing a Gray Eagle company at Kunsan Air Base in South Korea. That entails upgrading infrastructure at the base to accommodate the unit, which is expected to become active early next year, a spokesperson with the command told Stars and Stripes. The company will be assigned to the 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade of the 2nd Infantry Division, which is responsible for the defense of South Korea.

Read the full story at AINonline