The Iowa Army National Guard flight demonstration of an RQ-7B Shadow Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (TUAS) during a flight demonstration.
The Shadow UAV works by providing real-time reconnaissance, relaying communications, and assisting in target acquisition. Powered by a fuel-injected rotary engine, it’s launched from a 40-foot rail launcher pressurized by nitrogen and hydraulic pressure. Once airborne, the aircraft is controlled by Ground Control Stations through ground data terminals via radio frequency, relaying information between Army ground and air controls. This aircraft has a maximum range of 77 miles and a maximum endurance of six hours.