​The U.S. Lawmakers to Accelerate Sale of MQ-1C Gray Eagle Drones to Ukraine

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The General Atomics MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned combat aerial vehicle / Photo credit: General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.
The General Atomics MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned combat aerial vehicle / Photo credit: General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.

The United States Congress demand to complete a Pentagon security review of a Ukrainian request for MQ-1C Gray Eagle drones in order to give the Armed forces of Ukraine a possibility to hold recaptured territory

Seventeen members of Congress told U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to speed up a Pentagon monthslong review of a Ukrainian request for large armable drones, according to a letter dated Wednesday and seen by Reuters.

The General Atomics MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned combat aerial vehicle Defense Express The U.S. Lawmakers to Accelerate Sale of MQ-1C Gray Eagle drones to Ukraine
The General Atomics MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned combat aerial vehicle / Photo credit: General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.

The implementation of the original plan to sell 4 the General Atomics MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned combat aerial vehicles, approved by U.S. officials, has stalled in June because of a fear the unmanned aerial system's sophisticated surveillance equipment might fall into enemy hands, it is said in the statement.

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Moreover, Congress emphasized that thorough risk assessments mitigation should not come at the expense of Ukrainian lives and called for completing the review “in a timely manner”.

The letter, which was signed by Republicans and Democrats, referenced the recent territorial gains by Ukraine, adding “employing more capable Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) on the battlefield will allow the Armed Forces of Ukraine to better hold the territory they fought so hard to reclaim”.

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