RQ-7 Shadow 200

About the RQ-7 Shadow:

The AAI (Textron) RQ-7 Shadow is an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) designed to provide tactical Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR).

The Tactical Unmanned Aerial System (TUAS) RQ-7 Shadow 200 provides dedicated reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition; intelligence, battle damage assessment; and force protection. The Shadow has logged close to 1 million flight hours since June 2001, most of which have been flown in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. The Shadow UAV has an operating range of 50 kilometers and remains on station for up to 6 hours or up to 9 hours with the re-wing configuration. The Shadow 200 can see targets up to 125 kilometers away and recognize vehicles up to 8,000 feet above the ground. Shadow 200 aircraft have been enhanced with extended wings for superior endurance. The Shadow UAS can be transported by C-130 Hercules or larger military transport aircraft.

The full Shadow System consists of 4 air vehicles with payload, launcher and ground control and support equipment including: power generation, communications equipment, automated recovery equipment, one system remote video terminals vehicle mounted shelter, and High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) with trailer. Each system is equipped with one Maintenance Section Multifunctional (MSM) and is supported at the division level by a mobile maintenance facility. The baseline fielded payload is electro-optical infrared (EO/IR) with a laser designator payload.

A ground crew can prepare a launcher and ready an RQ-7 Shadow 200 for flight in a matter of minutes. The hydraulic launcher mounts on a standard HMMWV trailer.

The U.S. Army has purchased 102 systems (408 UAVs) through FY 2009, which was the last year of Army RQ-7 purchases. Overseas, the RQ-7B 200 is used by the military forces of Australia, Italy and Sweden.

The AAI Shadow 400 and Shadow 600:

The RQ-7 200 is the only Shadow variant in service with the U.S. military. AAI Corporation (with limited success) also offered Shadow 400 and 600 variants. The Shadow 400 was proposed as a ship-based variant, with a hydraulic launcher and a net recovery system, designed to support naval operations. No production aircraft have been built and AAI is no longer offering this variant. The endurance of the Shadow 600 UAV is in the 12-14 hour range vs. 6 hours for the RQ-7A 200 variant and 9 hours for the RQ-7B 200. Other improvements include a more powerful 52 hp engine (the RQ-7 200 engine has 38 hp). A limited no. of Shadow 600 production aircraft were built and AAI is no longer offering this variant.

Shadow M2:

Shadow M2 is AAI's next generation version of its proven Shadow 200 TUAS. The aircraft accommodates higher-altitude flight and offers flexible payload configurations. Dual payload bays will accomodate electro-optic/infrared/laser designation (EO/IR/LD) systems, synthetic-aperture radar/ground moving target identification (SAR/GMTI), and special-purpose payloads. Also, the aircraft features an integrated communications relay capability, satellite communications (SATCOM) data link integration for beyond-line-of-sight (BLOS) operations. The Shadow M2 also accommodates wing-mounted multi-mission payloads for signals intelligence (SIGINT) and chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear detection.




The RQ-7 Shadow provides near-real-time reconnaissance, surveillance, target acquisition, and force protection during day/night and limited/adverse weather conditions.

FY 2020 & FY 2021 - RQ-7 DoD Program:

This data is available in Forecast International's U.S. Defense Budget Forecast, a comprehensive analytical database containing historical and forecast budget figures, year-to-year funding comparisons, congressional budget markups, program justification documents, and much more.

Source: U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and AAI / Textron Systems.

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Product Type:

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)

Using Service (US):

Army, USMC, and SOCOM

Program Status:

Sustainment and Upgrades

Prime Contractors:

AAI Corporation (Textron)

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