The Future Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (FTUAS), will replace the long-serving RQ-7B Shadow tactical unmanned aerial system (UAS).
Northrop Grumman, teamed with Shield AI, was selected by the US Army for Future Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Prototype.
The V-BAT UAS is an innovative, agile, compact, and lightweight platform that a combat team of two soldiers can rapidly launch and recover in challenging and on-the-move environments.
Northrop Grumman is teamed with Shield AI, designer, and manufacturer of the V-BAT platform, to provide best-in-class solutions for an expeditionary vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) UAS, capable of persistent aerial reconnaissance for U.S. Army Brigade Combat Teams, Special Forces and Ranger battalions.
Angela Johns, vice president, of autonomous and tactical air systems, Northrop Grumman, said:
“Our team’s enhanced V-BAT embodies more than 30 years of experience designing, delivering, and sustaining advanced unmanned aircraft systems, combined with a field-proven platform and production facilities. We bring a unique perspective and capabilities to this critical Army mission.”
source Northrop Grumman
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