The US Army Intelligence Centre has awarded Anteon a 6-year contract to train operators and maintenance personnel for the Shadow Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) programme. If all options are exercised, the contract has a potential value of $37 million.
The Shadow is a tactical vehicle meant to accompany initial entry ground forces. The aerial vehicle has a 13- foot wingspan and can stay aloft up to 14,000 feet over a target for five to six hours. It can fly off a ramp or an airfield and land on a field the size of a football pitch.
According to Anteon, the Shadow UAV is capable of employing various sensor payloads and is at the forefront in providing vital intelligence data to all echelons of command within the US Army.
The US military is continuing to expand the role and capabilities of its unmanned aerial vehicles for combat and intelligence support operations.
‘The Army’s innovative use of unmanned aerial vehicles is truly impressive,’ said Joseph M. Kampf, Anteon President and CEO. ‘We are excited about providing them the extensive and intense training required to maximise their effectiveness in operating and maintaining these mission critical systems.’