TextronÂ has recorded more than 1 million flight hours forÂ the ShadowÂ tactical unmanned aircraft systemÂ since the company launched the aerial vehicleÂ in 1999.
The companyÂ said TuesdayÂ ShadowÂ became the only UASÂ of its size to accomplish the feat and thatÂ more than 85 percent of the drone’sÂ flightsÂ occurred during combat operations.
Shadow TUAS supports theÂ U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Special Operations Command and armed forces of Italy, Sweden and Australia,Â according to Textron.
Henry Finneral, vice president of TUAS at Textron Systems‘ unmanned systems business, said the company’s newÂ Shadow V2Â platform seeks toÂ offer a broad set of operational features and address drone performance and reliability requirements from customers.
The V2Â system is designed to performÂ intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations and equipped with Â communications relay,Â manned-unmanned teaming andÂ target laser designation technologies.