Apr 12, 2012Science and Technology
AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems and KOR Electronics to develop Shadow aircraft pods

AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. company, and KOR Electronics Defense Solutions, a subsidiary of Mercury Computer Systems, announced today a strategic alliance that combines AAI's expertise as a UAS systems integrator with KOR's signals intelligence (SIGINT) equipment. The organizations intend to integrate KOR's SIGINT products, focused on expeditionary tactical unmanned aircraft such as AAI's Shadow Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System, as a new addition to AAI's family of Multi-Mission Payloads (MMP). Each modular MMP 'pod' can be attached quickly to the Shadow aircraft to equip it for the mission at hand. "This technology provides warfighters actionable, time-sensitive data on the capabilities and activities of their adversaries," said Senior Vice President and General Manager Steven Reid of AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems. "Equipping our Shadow aircraft -- a trusted and omnipresent asset for so many U.S. and allied customers -- for this collection mission can help deliver intelligence fast, and to a broader array of deployed forces and formations."

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