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Textron, Army Test Updated Shadow UAS Configuration

Textron has finished test flights of a newly configured multimission unmanned aircraft system slated to join the U.S. Army fleet sometime in 2020, Aviation International News reported Monday. Shadow's Block III tests occurred at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico over a five-week period. The configuration includes a new engine, an updated video payload from L3 Technologies' Wescam business and advanced communications technology.

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Report: Army Eyes Northrop-Designed VTOL Drone as Potential RQ-7 Replacement

The U.S. Army is evaluating a vertical takeoff and landing drone Northrop Grumman designed with MartinUAV as the military service considers replacing its RQ-7 Shadow fleet, C4ISRnet reported Sunday. Both companies developed the V-BAT unmanned aerial system to perform reconnaissance missions without the use of special equipment. A single controller can operate the drone using a …

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Textron Subsidiary to Provide Army Tactical UAS Block III Kits

Textron‘s AAI Corp.subsidiary has received a $41.9 million contract modification for the delivery of 36 Block III kits for the U.S. Army‘s Shadow tactical unmanned aircraft systems. The service branch obligated the full modification amount at the time of award from its fiscal 2017 other procurement funds, the Defense Department said Monday. AAI will perform work in …

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Drone USA Exhibits UAS Tech for Law Enforcement

Drone USA has performed a demonstration of its Cyclops and Shadow police drone models in Connecticut, which was attended by several law enforcement agencies within the state. The company reported Wednesday the fixed-wing Cyclops drone was deployed to capture video of a sunken yacht’s wreckage, while Shadow used a thermal camera to inspect …

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Textron’s Shadow UAS Reaches 1M Flight Hours; Henry Finneral Comments

Textron has recorded more than 1 million flight hours for the Shadow tactical unmanned aircraft system since the company launched the aerial vehicle in 1999. The company said Tuesday Shadow became the only UAS of its size to accomplish the feat and that more than 85 percent of the drone’s flights occurred during combat operations. Shadow TUAS supports the U.S. Army, U.S. Marine …

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GAO: More Commonality, Efficiency Needed for UAVs

DoD has invested billions of dollars in development and procurement of unmanned aircraft systems over the last several years, and in fiscal 2011, the department requested a significant increase in these investments.  DoD’s total investment in these technologies will come to more than $24 billion from 2010 through 2015, but …

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