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U.S. Army selects Textron for Shadow UAV sustainment

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Textron's contract with the U.S. Army includes sustainment and upgrade services for the Shadow V2 unmanned aircraft. Pictured: U.S. Army personnel prepare a RQ-78 Shadow UAV for launch. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Sean Burger

Textron has received a $206 million contract to perform sustainment services for the U.S. Army's Shadow tactical unmanned aircraft system.
Support services covered in the contract include engineering, logistics, field service operations, depot materiel repair and post-productions software support. Textron officials say the agreement bolsters its ties with the Army and its fleet of 117 Shadow aircraft.
"Support Solutions has been the chosen CLS contractor for the U.S. Army's CLS contract since 2005, and we are proud to continue supporting their Shadow systems throughout this past decade," Textron Support Solutions general manager Ryan Hazlett said in a press release.
In addition to sustainment services, the contract also supports the Army's upgrade effort for the Shadow V2.
The Shadow V2 is a multipurpose unmanned aerial vehicle that can be deployed individually or paired with manned and unmanned platforms. The aircraft has a 9-hour flight endurance, a 20.4-foot wingspan, and is capable of carrying a 95-pound payload.
Other operators include armed forces in Australia, Sweden and Italy.
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