MARLBOROUGH, Mass., May 15 (UPI) -- Two electronic payloads for use on MQ-1C Grey Eagle unmanned aerial systems have been delivered to the U.S. Army by Raytheon.
The devices are part of a contract awarded last year by the U.S. Navy's NAVSEA-Crane division and will support the Army's Networked Electronic Warfare, Remotely Operated system.
NERO, which builds on the Army's Communications Electronic Attack with Surveillance and Reconnaissance program, migrates the same pod system and advanced capability to the Gray Eagle, which has greater mission time than the manned C-12-based CEASAR system.
"NERO provides critical jamming capabilities to warfighters in counter-insurgency environments," said Glen Bassett, director of Advanced Communications and Countermeasures for Raytheon's Space and Airborne Systems business.
"We leveraged our combat-proven success from the manned CEASAR program to deliver this key tactical electronic attack capability onto an unmanned application."
Raytheon said CEASAR and NERO counter both military and commercial communication systems and can be adapted to counter next-generation of enemy communications threats.