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Textron Systems Selected By U.S. Army For FTUAS Program Option 3 And 4

May 9, 2024

Textron Systems Selected By U.S. Army For FTUAS Program Option 3 And 4

Builds on Advanced Capabilities of Aerosonde® Mk. 4.8 HQ System

Hunt Valley, Md., MAY 9, 2024 – Textron Systems Corporation, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced today it was selected by the U.S. Army for the Future Tactical Uncrewed Aircraft System (FTUAS) Option 3 and Option 4 award. During Option 3 and Option 4, Textron Systems will complete a flight demonstration, MOSA demonstration, and ultimately deliver an Aerosonde® Mk. 4.8 Hybrid Quad (HQ) uncrewed aircraft system (UAS) to the U.S. Army for test and evaluation.

Configured with an expeditionary footprint, the Aerosonde Mk. 4.8 HQ is designed to reduce burden on the soldier, while offering best-in-class size, weight and power (SWAP) to execute day and night missions with multi-INT payloads.  

“The FTUAS capability will be transformative for the Brigade Combat Teams (BCTs),” said Wayne Prender, Senior Vice President of Air Systems. “Textron Systems has decades of experience in UAS manufacturing and systems integration, which puts us in a position to produce at any pace the customer wants. We know how to provide full life cycle support, from production to training, spares, repairs, logistics and continuous technology modernization – all of which are critical to supporting our soldiers.”

The Aerosonde HQ has a multi-payload capability which allows for greater flexibility in utilizing sensors for mission success based on the environment. The Aerosonde family of systems have amassed over 650,000 flight hours.

Textron Systems' Aerosonde UAS flying over the landscape



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