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RQ-7A Shadow 200  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2002
Total Production: 500
Unitary Cost: USD$16 million
Also Known As: RQ-7B Shadow 200
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Parent System: RQ-7 Shadow 200
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2002
Total Production: 500
Total Cost: USD$750 million
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Description: The RQ-7A Shadow 200 is an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) designed to meet the US Amy requirements for a surveillance, reconnaissance and target acquisition UAV operable day or night, and limited adverse weather. It provides an initial range of 50 km to US regiments and brigades with a future, objective range extending to 200 km. In order to fulfill different mission profiles, the Shadow 200 UAV can accommodate different modular payloads. The Shadow 200 UAV requires a hydraulic rail launcher to takeoff and can land conventionally or through a deployable arresting hook. The RQ-7B is an improved variant incorporating changes to the wing, tail, and avionics that was introduced in August 2004.

Originally, the US Army planned to purchase up to 41 RQ-7 Shadow 200 unmanned aerial vehicle systems but the final number of systems to be procured by the Army could exceed 100. The 41 Shadow 200 systems translate into more than 123 Shadow 200 UAV air vehicles. In early 2003, the Shadow 200 began deployment in Iraq acting at Brigade level. In August 2005, BAE Systems announced that the US Army had placed a contract for 12 additional Shadow 200 unmanned aerial vehicle systems. As of August 2005, including this contract, the US Army has ordered 56 systems with 224 unmanned aerial vehicles. Deliveries, which began in 1999, were expected to be complete by November 2006. Shadow 200 is being offered to the Australian Defence Forces to meet its requirements for a tactical UAV. The US Marine Corps replaced their Shadow aircraft for the RQ-21A in 2018 and the US Army was considering a replacement in early 2019.

RQ-7A Shadow 200 Applications

Protection Systems Shadow 200 Ground Segment

RQ-7A Shadow 200 Specifications

Crew: 0
Number of Engines: 1
Length: 3.40 meter (11.2 foot)
Wingspan: 20 foot (6.10 meter)
Ceiling: 4,572 meter (15,000 foot)
Max Range: 50,000 meter (27.0 nautical mile)
Max Power at TakeOff: 38 shp (28.3 kW)
Cruise Speed: 160 kph (99 mph)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 230 kph (124 KTAS)
Flight Endurance: 5 hour (0.21 day)
Max Takeoff Weight: 149 kilogram (328 pound)
Payload: 27.2 kilogram (60 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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RQ-7A Shadow 200 News

There are 26 news between
9 Aug 2005 and 6 Feb 2019
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Wednesday, February 6, 2019US Army Looking for Potential RQ-7 Shadow UAV Replacement
Tuesday, June 19, 2018DARPA to Fund X4 Silent Engine for Drones
Monday, January 9, 2017Textron Systems Awarded Contract for Shadow TUAS Sustainment
Monday, July 11, 2016Fury Compact Weapon System Tested Successfully
Thursday, April 28, 2016US Army Orders 24 Advanced RQ-7B V2 Shadow Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System Upgrades
Tuesday, September 23, 2014Fury Lightweight Precision Weapon Engages Target During Live-Fire Demonstrations
Monday, July 9, 2012US Army and Marine Corps to Upgrade 45 RQ-7B Shadow Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Tuesday, May 1, 2012Shadow Hawk Munition Launched from Shadow 200 UAS for the First Time
Wednesday, November 30, 2011Small Tactical Munition Guided Bomb Flies for First Time
Tuesday, October 11, 2011US Army's OH-58D Kiowa Warrior Proves Manned and Unmanned Capability

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As of December 2009 AAI had received orders for a total of 116 Shadow TUAS systems (4 UAV aircraft per system) to be delivered by March 2011
2016468117 systems
Mar 2011464
Dec 200936491 systems
Oct 200828471 systems

Grand Total 5005
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