Shadow M2 offers expanded payload capabilities
- By Defense Systems Staff
- Oct 18, 2011
AAI has introduced the Shadow M2, an improved version of the RQ-7B Shadow tactical unmanned aerial vehicle used by the Army and Marine Corps, which is capable of carrying two sensor payloads on a mission rather than the single standard electro-optical, infrared package (EO/IR) used on previous versions, reports Flightglobal.com.
The larger and heavier M2 version features a redesigned fuselage and streamlined structure that enables it to stay aloft for 16 hours.
The Shadow M2’s dual payload bays allow for rapid reconfiguration of sensor packages for combined missions, including synthetic aperture radar with ground and dismount moving target indicators, wide-area surveillance, signals intelligence, electronic warfare, satellite communications, communications relay systems and enhanced EO/IR sensors.