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AUSA 2021: Textron makes the cut for FTUAS downselect

10th October 2021 - 22:01 GMT | by Tim Martin in London

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Textron's fixed-wing Aerosonde HQ has been selected for FTUAS Increment 1 consideration (Photo: Textron)

As the US Army's Future Tactical UAS (FTUAS) programme ramps up, Textron has revealed it plans on scaling up the company's Aerosonde HQ in a bid to outdo competitors and support future needs of the service.

Textron has been downselected by the US Army to submit a Future Tactical UAS (FTUAS) Increment 1 proposal based on the company’s Aerosonde HQ fixed-wing UAV.

During a 6 October trade media call, the manufacturer also shared that it intends on modifying the aircraft by increasing its maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) and payload specifications.

In line with requirements, industry competitors have been given until 31 October to submit Increment 1 proposals, ahead of an aircraft qualification and testing contract to be issued to one manufacturer in January 2022.

Based on qualification and testing results, the Army could then decide to

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