Textron receives Shadow support contract
The US Army has awarded a $206 million logistics support contract to Textron Systems Support Solutions for the Shadow UAS, the company announced on 9 January.
The contract covers systems sustainment management, engineering support, contractor logistics support management, field service operations, depot material repair and management and post production software support. Work will run through 2018.
This contract will support the 117 Shadow systems that have been fielded and deployed by the US Army, US Marine Corps, Army National Guard, US Special Operations Command and the Australian defence forces.
The Shadow UAS is an all-digital, modern system, optimised for new multi-mission, single-sortie profiles and manned-unmanned teaming. It delivers intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, communications relay and laser designation.
Through its high-bandwidth, encrypted data link, the Shadow v2 enables the aircraft to carry payloads ranging from high-definition video to secure control for prosecution missions. The army is currently teaming the Shadow v2 system with its Apache helicopter fleet for scouting missions within its combat aviation brigades.
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