The U.S. Army has ordered 36 of the new Block III configuration of Textron Systems’ Shadow tactical unmanned aerial systems (UAS). Shadow is a proven fixed-wing UAV platform designed for battlefield use. The contract includes ongoing engineering services to continue fielding and supporting the new Block III system configuration.
The upgraded Block III configuration of the Shadow incorporates a variety of design improvements, including increased ability to operate under severe weather conditions, a state-of-the-art high-definition EO/IR payload, and increased engine power and reliability with a reduced acoustic signature. The system also features enhanced manned-unmanned teaming with the Army’s Apache helicopters, and can act as an advanced communications relay.
The Shadow UAS’ proven track record includes over 1.25 million flight hours in service with various armed force around the world, providing a solid foundation for continued development.
David Phillips, Senior Vice President of Textron Systems, commented: “We are proud to maintain our strong partnership of more than 20 years with the U.S. Army on the Shadow program. The Shadow Block III will support the customer with the enhanced capabilities soldiers need to fulfill today’s and tomorrow’s missions.”