The U.S. Army has awarded a $66 million contract to Textron Systems Corporation for 36 Shadow aircraft in the latest Block III configuration.
“We are proud to maintain our strong partnership of more than 20 years with the U.S. Army on the Shadow program,” Textron Systems Senior Vice President David Phillips said. “The Shadow Block III will support the customer with the enhanced capabilities soldiers need to fulfill today’s and tomorrow’s missions.”
The work scope includes ongoing engineering services to continue fielding and to support the new Block III system configuration.
The upgraded system incorporates design improvements that allow for increased availability to operate in adverse weather conditions, the latest high-definition day-and-night video payload, increased engine power and reliability with a reduced acoustic signature, per authorities.
The Shadow Block III system is prepared to provide aerial support in the most challenging of environments. With 1.2 million flight hours and counting, the Shadow system’s track record provides a foundation for continued development and global use.
Officials also touted the Shadow Block III system enhanced manned-unmanned teaming with the Army’s Apache assets and an advanced communications relay.
Textron personnel said the company leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial, and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services.