Textron Systems announced it received a contract for up to US$607 million from the US Army to provide contract logistics support, field services, and engineering support along with the retrofit of the existing Shadow Block II Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (TUAS) to the upgraded Block III configuration. This award follows a Follow-on Operational Test and Evaluation (FOT&E) of the Block III configuration by the Army in late 2020.

“We are excited to continue our partnership with the US Army and to bring new capabilities to the Shadow TUAS fleet,” said Senior Vice President Wayne Prender of Textron Systems. “We are extremely proud of our people, who work every day alongside our customer to develop, produce, field and sustain this great capability for the warfighter.”

The work, to be completed in Textron Systems’ Hunt Valley, Md. facility, will modernise the current Shadow RQ-7B Block II and lead product, support and sustainment activities for the fleet. This award will enable the maintenance of the Shadow Unmanned Aircraft System and provides repairs and spares to support critical mission readiness levels for fielded systems. The planned work is scheduled to begin immediately and will take place over a five-year period.

The Shadow Block III system builds on the proven success of previous configurations incorporating design improvements, allowing for increased operations in adverse weather conditions, the latest high-definition day-and-night video payload, increased engine power and reliability, reduced acoustic signature and an advanced communications relay. With these upgrades, the Shadow Block III system is ready and able to provide aerial support to our customers, even in the most challenging of environments.


For Editorial Inquiries Contact:
Editor Kym Bergmann at kym.bergmann@venturamedia.net

For Advertising Inquiries Contact:
Director of Sales Graham Joss at graham.joss@venturamedia.net

Previous articleFrench Navy adds anti-submarine capabilities with SonoFlash
Next articleHMAS Stalwart starts sea trials


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here