Textron tests Shadow Block III capabilities
Textron Systems has commenced flight testing of the Shadow Block III UAS, the company announced on 23 April.
The company is working with the US Army to qualify the new upgrades to the Shadow platform.
The Block III capability upgrade will provide multiple enhancements including a new water-cooled engine, which will reduce noise signature and will add ten additional horsepower over its predecessor; upgraded video payload; and expanded operational capability in adverse weather, permitting better support to its manned counterparts.
The upgrade will also provide enhanced communications relay through a joint tactical radio system, extending frequency bands in addition to SINGCARS as well as voice over IP.
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