Textron wins $206M for U.S. Army Shadow tactical unmanned aircraft system sustainment

HUNT VALLEY, Md. Textron Systems Support Solutions, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) business in Hunt Valley, Maryland, won a $206 million contract from the U.S. Army for Shadow Tactical unmanned aircraft system (TUAS) Contractor Logistics Support (CLS). CLS efforts include systems sustainment management, engineering support, contractor logistics support management, field service operations, depot material repair and management, and post productions software support.

Jan 11th, 2017
Textron wins $206M for U.S. Army Shadow tactical unmanned aircraft system sustainment
Textron wins $206M for U.S. Army Shadow tactical unmanned aircraft system sustainment

HUNT VALLEY, Md.Textron Systems Support Solutions, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) business in Hunt Valley, Maryland, won a $206 million contract from the U.S. Army for Shadow Tactical unmanned aircraft system (TUAS) Contractor Logistics Support (CLS). CLS efforts include systems sustainment management, engineering support, contractor logistics support management, field service operations, depot material repair and management, and post productions software support.

This contract will continue Textron Systems Support Solutions' long-standing support for the 117 Shadow unmanned aircraft systems that have been fielded and deployed by the U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, Army National Guard, U.S. Special Operations Command, and the Australian Defense Forces, officials say.

"Support Solutions has been the chosen CLS contractor for the U.S. Army's CLS contract since 2005, and we are proud to continue supporting their Shadow systems throughout this past decade," says Support Solutions Senior Vice President & General Manager Ryan Hazlett. "This contract also supports the U.S. Army's Shadow v2 block upgrade program, under which Textron Systems acts as an end-to-end solution provider."

The Shadow TUAS, with more than one million flight hours, delivers proven performance for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, communications relay, and laser designation. The Shadow v2 is an all-digital, modern system, optimized for new multi-mission, single-sortie profiles and manned-unmanned teaming. The Shadow v2 includes a high-bandwidth, encrypted data link that enables the aircraft to carry payloads ranging from high-definition video to secure control for prosecution missions.

The U.S. Army is currently teaming the Shadow v2 system with its Apache helicopter fleet for scouting missions within its combat aviation brigades. The Shadow TUAS also is being used by militaries in Australia, Italy, and Sweden.

Support Solutions provides end-to-end product support, training, and services for an array of Textron and third-party assets.

Period of performance began on 1 Nov. 2016 and is expected to continue through 2018.

Textron Systems' businesses develop and integrate products, services, and support for aerospace and defense customers, as well as civil and commercial customers, including those in law enforcement, security, border patrol, and critical infrastructure protection around the globe. Textron Systems' innovative businesses design, manufacture, field, and support comprehensive solutions that expand customer capabilities and deliver value. Textron Systems consists of its Advanced Information Solutions, Electronic Systems, Geospatial Solutions, Lycoming Engines, Marine & Land Systems, Support Solutions, TRU Simulation + Training, Unmanned Systems, and Weapon & Sensor Systems businesses.

Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial, and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron brands include Bell Helicopter, Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, Bad Boy Off Road, Textron Systems, and TRU Simulation + Training.

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