Provides reconnaissance, surveillance, target acquisition, and force protection for the Brigade Combat Team (BCT) in near-real-time during day/night and limited adverse weather conditions.
The RQ-7B Shadow Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (TUAS) has a wingspan of 20 feet and a payload capacity of approximately 60 pounds. Gross takeoff weight exceeds 460 pounds, and endurance is nine hours from take-off to landing. The system is compatible with the All Source Analysis System, Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System, Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System Common Ground Station, Joint Technical Architecture--Army, the Defense Information Infrastructure Common Operating Environment, and the One System Ground Control Station (OSGCS). It is currently operational in both the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps.
The RQ-7B Shadow configuration, fielded in platoon sets, consists of:
• Four air vehicles with day/night electro-optical (EO)/infrared (IR) with laser designator and IR illuminator payloads
• Two Ground Control Station on High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV)
• Communications Relay Payload
• One or two hydraulic launchers
• Two ground data terminals
• Associated trucks, trailers, and support equipment
Shadow platoons are organic to the BCT. The Soldier platoon consists of a platoon leader, platoon sergeant, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) warrant officer, fifteen Air Vehicle Operators/Mission Payload Operators, and nine maintenance personnel. The Maintenance Section Multifunctional is manned by Soldiers who also transport spares and provide maintenance support. The Mobile Maintenance Facility is manned by contractor personnel located with the Shadow platoon (when deployed) to provide logistics support to include off system support and repair.
Beginning in 2014, Shadow platoons are organic to the Aviation Brigade and operate as part of a Manned-Unmanned Team with the Apache helicopter.
The RQ-7B Shadow also has an early entry configuration of 15 Soldiers, one Ground Control Station (GCS), the air vehicle transport HMMWV, and the launcher trailer, which can be transported in three C-130s. All components can be slung under a CH-47 or CH-53 helicopter for transport.
High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV)
Light Medium Tactical Vehicle (LMTV)
15KW Advanced Medium Mobile Power Sources (AMMPS)
• The RQ-7B is in sustainment having flown over 900,000 hours, most in support of combat operations in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom
• The RQ-7Bv2 completed FOT&E in May 2014 and begins fielding in January 2015. The RQ-7Bv2 adds Type I Encryption, provides interoperability with Gray Eagle and Apache, and mitigates computer and software obsolescence
• FY15-FY19: Field 104 RQ-7Bv2 retrofit kits; develop and field Block III engine; continue to improve payload performance
FOREIGN MILITARY SALES
Textron Systems (Hunt Valley, MD)
L-3 Communications (Salt Lake City, UT)
Lockheed Martin (Huntsville, AL)
Tecom (Chatsworth, CA)
General Dynamics (Marion, VA)
ACE II/II+/III Flight:
Rockwell Collins (Warrenton, VA)
Mode IV IFF:
Raytheon (Baltimore, MD)