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."