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New UAS payloads introduced

Oct. 11, 2011 at 12:25 PM

HUNT VALLEY, Md., Oct. 11 (UPI) -- U.S. company AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems has introduced new multi-mission payloads for its Shadow Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems.

Designed to be housed in a modular pod and carried on the hard points of the Shadow aircraft's wings, multi-mission payloads are exchanged easily based on the unique requirements of the supported mission, the company said.

Some early multi-mission payload applications address urgent warfighter requirements, including secure, third-generation telecommunications uplink and downlink; signals intelligence, measurement and signatures intelligence, state-of-the-art communications; precision geo-location, airborne cellular network, software-defined communications relay, and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear detection.

"The Shadow has always been a versatile system, performing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, as well as communications relay and laser designation," said AAI UAS Senior Vice President and General Manager Steven Reid.

"Modular multi-mission payloads will expand the user's toolkit even more. This provides greater capability in the field, with minimal logistics. One asset can do it all."

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