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RQ-7B Shadow

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PURPOSE

The recent development and fielding of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) has delivered even more capabilities to our Marines. One such aircraft, the RQ-7B Shadow, is deployed in squadrons as an asset of the Marine Expeditionary Force or Marine Expeditionary Brigade. Designed to provide reconnaissance, relay communications and assist in target acquisition, the RQ-7B Shadow keeps an eye above the battlefield for extended periods of time, constantly relaying information between Marine air and ground controls. The Shadow enhances the capabilities of Marine commanders across the spectrum of military operations and was first deployed during Operation Iraqi Freedom in September 2007.

FEATURES

  • Remotely piloted
  • Conducts reconnaissance, surveillance, target acquisition, indirect fires adjustment, battlefield damage assessment and rear area security support
  • Equipped with electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) sensors, communications relay payloads and laser designators
  • Video and laser targeting is used to locate enemy positions
  • Launched from a trailer-mounted pneumatic catapult
  • Fixed, 3-wheel landing gear
  • Total endurance time up to 6 hours

SPECIFICATIONS

Length: 11.2 feet
Wingspan: 14 feet
Empty weight: 186 pounds
Gross weight: 375 pounds
Max speed: 135 mph
Cruising speed: 103 mph
Range: 68 miles
Propulsion: 38 horsepower rotary engine

 

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RQ-7 Shadow

Designed to provide reconnaissance, relay communications and assist in target acquisition, the RQ-7 Shadow keeps an eye above the battlefield for extended periods of time, constantly relaying information between Marine air and ground controls.