AAI Corp. awarded contract for Shadow Tactical UAS Block III kits and spares

AAI Corporation, subsidiary of Textron Systems, has been awarded a contract modification for procurement of 17 Block III kits and spares for RQ-7 Shadow Tactical unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

The value of the contract modification, awarded by U.S. Army Contracting Command, is around $26.9 million.

The contract work will be performed in Hunt Valley, Maryland, with an estimated completion date of Aug. 27, 2020.

AAI RQ-7 Shadow

AAI RQ-7 Shadow is an American unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by AAI Corporation for reconnaissance, surveillance, target acquisition and battle damage assessment.

Launched from a trailer-mounted pneumatic catapult, it is recovered with the aid of arresting gear similar to jets on an aircraft carrier.

Its gimbal-mounted, digitally stabilized, liquid nitrogen-cooled electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) camera relays video in real time via a C-band line-of-sight data link to the ground control station (GCS).

The UAV is used by the U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps (USMC), Australian Army and Swedish Army.

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