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Improved Shadow®

Shadow Block III Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System


With over 30 years of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) experience, Textron Systems’ Improved Shadow® Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (TUAS) builds on the proven RQ-7B program of record with over 1.3 million flight hours, 85% being in combat. It has supported the warfighter in some of the most strenuous operational and challenging environmental conditions. The RQ-7Bv2 Block III is the latest configuration and is an all-digital system, optimized for new multi-mission, single-sortie profiles and manned-unmanned teaming.

Our multi-mission systems are paired with Textron Systems’ interoperable Universal Ground Control Station (UGCS) and remote products for collaboration across the battle space. For a smaller expeditionary footprint, our systems can also be paired with a Portable Ground Control Station (PGCS).


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Features & Benefits

Improved Shadow® TUAS

  • Proven with 1.3 million flight hours and counting
  • Reduced noise signature
  • Flight in adverse weather
  • Increased engine power and reliability
  • Increased payload capacity
  • Optimized for manned/unmanned teaming with Level of Interoperability 4 demonstrated with AH-64E and OSRVT™
  • Easily Configurable Payloads Carried: high-definition EO/IR with continuous zoom, communications relay, laser designation
  • Advanced Communications Relay



Shadow® v2 Block III


95 lb (43 kg)

Payload Power

Up to 500 watts

Max Wingspan

20.4 ft (6.2 m)


8 hr


125 km (line of sight)

Gross Takeoff Weight

535 lb (243 kg)


18,000 ft (5,486 m)

Max Takeoff Elevation

10,500 ft (3,200 m) density altitude


Landing Tactical Automatic Landing Systems short-field landing with arresting gear


1985-2007 RQ-2 Pioneer®
1999-present Shadow® RQ-7
2015-present Shadow RQ-7B V2
2020-present RQ-7B V2 Block III Improved Shadow


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