Textron Systems has begun training US Army personnel to use the upgraded Shadow tactical unmanned aircraft system (TUAS).
The upgraded drones were delivered to the service as part of a $607-million contract to modernize the Shadow RQ-7B Block II to the RQ-7B V2 Block III configuration.
The latest TUAS was given a 24-percent increase in horsepower and advanced payload capability.
The system has also been modified to better withstand harsh weather conditions.
Textron was selected by the Army to provide soldiers with training on the platform for five weeks.
The company is collaborating with experts and field service representatives to enable soldiers to safely operate the unmanned system.
“These [training] events provide Textron Systems the unique opportunity to maintain regular touchpoints with the US Army customer, from development of the aircraft, all the way through fielding and deployment,” Textron Systems senior director Jim Ryan said.
“We have a team of subject matter experts with an operational mindset who are dedicated to supporting the sustainment of the Shadow TUAS.”