Mystery Army UAV payload “surged” to Iraq

The Hunter Green Dart program is being surged to support intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions in Iraq, according to this handy Army solicitation document released today.

The build-up will require a new batch of new and retrofitted Northrop Grumman MQ-5B unmanned aerial vehicles, which is the designated host for the Green Dart platform.

So what is Green Dart? Well, we’re still not sure, despite spending nearly a year of trying to find out (see links below).

It’s also possible to presume that Green Dart was invented and deployed as part of the Liberty Ship program disclosed two weeks ago by US Air Force Gen Norton Schwartz. If so, it becomes a potentially major piece of the still secret effort to deploy a massive ISR force to Iraq to defeat the improvised explosive device (IED) threat.

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