10 septembre 2020 | International, Aérospatial

U.S. Army Reveals Mystery UAS Payload Called Blasphemy

Steve Trimble September 09, 2020

The U.S. Army has revealed a mysterious new payload called Blasphemy for the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. MQ-1C Gray Eagle.

The name of the payload appeared in public for the first time on a presentation slide displayed by a panel of Army unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) program managers during the virtual AUVSI Defense Systems conference on Sept. 9.

Blasphemy appeared as one of several payloads listed on the slide, but no other information about it was provided. When asked a follow-up question during the question-and-answer period seeking details about the new payload, the Army program manager demurred.

“I think we're going to skip that one,” said Lt. Col. David Benjamin, the Army's product development manager for the MQ-1C program.

The slide showed the Blasphemy payload loaded on to the same pylon as the Multi-Function Electronic Warfare (MFEW) pod. The Army plans to deploy the MFEW-Air Large pod on the MQ-1C next year, but hasn't before revealed any plans for a payload called Blasphemy.

The slide showed a list of “integrated capabilities” for the MQ-1C in fiscal 2020.


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