U.S. Marines conducted a pre-deployment amphibious assault exercise at Marine Corps Base Camp in Pendleton. For the exercise, amphibious assault vehicles (AAVs) stormed Red Beach from the USS San Diego, followed by Textron Systems’ Landing Craft, Air-Cushioned (LCAC) hovercraft carrying Marines and equipment.
The U.S. Army’s 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team conducted live fire training in preparation for upcoming exercises with Ukrainian and Romanian forces as part of Exercise Combined Resolve. As part of the training, Textron Systems’ Shadow® Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems provided surveillance.
Textron Systems plans to demonstrate its new Aerosonde™ HQ off of a Navy Vessel for the first time in mid-2017. The Aerosonde HQ is a vertical takeoff and landing variant of its Aerosonde Small Unmanned Aircraft System.
In a video, the CBS Evening News features Textron Systems’ Shadow® Unmanned Aircraft System. The segment focuses on an U.S. Army platoon that has been using the Shadow to both survey and target ISIS’ positions in Mosul.
Textron Systems’ new family of next generation command and control products, Synturian™, allows operators to control multiple unmanned vehicles on a single display screen and connect platforms across domains.
The U.S. Navy awarded Textron Systems a $14.8 million contract to supply an unmanned influence sweep countermeasure mine system for deployment from Littoral Combat Ships (LCS). The system will satisfy the Navy’s need for a rapid, wide-area coverage mine clearance capability.
Textron Systems Weapon & Sensor Systems announced that it had successfully tested its G-CLAW precision guided glide weapon against moving targets. The Textron Systems team conducted the tests from a Cessna Caravan, and the system demonstrated engagement of static and moving targets within one meter circular error using a Semi-Active Laser (SAL) sensor for terminal guidance.
The U.S. Air Force has awarded Textron Systems a contract worth up to $50 million to provide contractor logistics support for the Cessna C-208B Caravans used by the Afghan Air Force. The agreement, which has a first-year value of $9.35 million with four years of options, ensures Textron Systems is the sole provider for maintenance and training for Afghanistan’s C-208B fleet.
On-water testing has begun for Textron Systems’ Common Unmanned Surface Vehicle (CUSV™), which is being developed to support the U.S. Navy’s Unmanned Influence Sweep System (UISS) program. Textron Systems Vice President of Control and Surface Systems Wayne Prender is quoted, describing the advancements of unmanned technology.
A software-based fusion tool aims to ease the problem of tactical information overload by collecting and parsing incoming data, sending just the right types of intelligence to users in real time. The system represents this data graphically on a single screen, superimposing it over satellite and 3-D map imagery showing friendly and known enemy unit locations.
Textron Systems Marine & Land Systems’ Vice President for Marine Systems Bill Kisiah explains that the first Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) 100-class landing craft will be delivered in 2017. The first LCAC-100 will be used to testing, and the LCAC 101’s delivery will follow three months later.
Textron Systems announced the release of its new iCommand® integrated command suite, iCommand 2.5. Textron Systems Senior Vice President and General Manager of Advanced Information Solutions Daryl Madden is quoted, explaining the new capabilities of the iCommand solution and its applications.
The Pentagon has awarded Textron Systems a $475 million U.S. defense contract for mid-endurance unmanned aircraft systems intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance services. The project has an estimated completion date of July 2022, with a time-frame that includes a 54-month period of performance.
Textron Systems Support Solutions announced that it has been awarded a $206 million contract from the U.S. Army for Shadow® Tactical Aircraft System (TUAS) Contractor Logistics Support (CLS). Support Solutions Senior Vice President and General Manager Ryan Hazlett is quoted, describing the company’s long-standing support of the 117 Shadow systems.
Textron Systems has partnered with Liberty University to train students on piloting fixed wing and multi-rotor small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), providing an opportunity to earn the same operator certification that Textron Systems requires of its employees. Students also have the opportunity to fly Textron System’s Aerosonde™ Small UAS at the company’s facilities in Blackstone, Va.
The Fort Bliss-based platoon of 22 soldiers handle maintenance and operations for the Shadow® Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (TUAS) in support of Iraqi forces. Corporal Colyn Eure provides information on the inspection and maintenance of the TUAS.
Textron Systems has announced that its Advanced Architecture Phase Amplitude and Time Simulator (A2PATS™) will be tested for the F-35 Lightning II’s electronic warfare (EW) systems through a contract with Lockheed Martin. Textron Systems will provide complex threat simulation capability the F-35 Norwegian, Italian Reprogramming Lab (NIRL) at Eglin Air Force base.
Textron Systems has announced the launch of Textron Systems’ Integrated Tester for Aircraft Survivability Systems (ITASS), a flight line tester capable of providing stimulus to aircraft survivability sensors. Textron Systems Electronic Systems Senior Vice President and General Manager Steve Mensh is quoted, describing the system’s ability to provide reliable, repeatable field verification of installed aircraft survivability equipment.
Video footage features the Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) moving across sea and land and which calls it “the most versatile ship” in the U.S. Navy. The LCAC can move up to 70 tons of gear from ship to shore with ease.