Army awards $358M contract for upgraded RQ-7B Shadow drones
- By Defense Systems Staff
- Jul 11, 2012
The Army Program Manager for Unmanned Aircraft Systems has awarded AAI a $358 million contract award to furnish a fleet of 45 upgraded RQ-7B Shadow Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems that will be used by the Army and Marine Corps, the company said July 9
Under the contract, AAI will enhance the ground and support systems for the RQ-7B Shadow and will deliver 43 systems to the Army and 2 systems to the Marine Corps in late 2013, the story said.
Among the planned upgrades to the RQ-7B Shadow are extending its endurance from 6 to 9 hours, extending its wing to carry external stores and payloads, providing an electronic fuel injection engine and integrating a Tactical Common Data Link for digital dissemination and encryption.
The upgrade also includes use of universal ground control stations and data terminals.