Textron Systems unveiled the new Nightwarden tactical unmanned aerial system (TUAS) at the Paris Air Show 2017 on 19 June.
The system has a range of up to 1100 kilometers which provides significant operational flexibility. The system also features an open architecture and a dual-payload bay, allowing for additional capabilities such as communication relay, sense-and-avoid equipment, or additional payloads such as electronic attack, signals intelligence or communications intelligence.
The Nightwarden is equipped for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions and limited strike capability with Textron Fury precision guided glide munition. The new platform also features a water-cooled, rotary engine, which provides a reduced acoustic signature, as well as increased propulsion performance and greater electrical output over Textron Systems’ previous TUAS models.
It has a maximum speed of up to 90 knots, an endurance of up to 15 hours and a payload capacity of up to 130 pounds (59 kg).
Source : Textron