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  • Textron NightWarden Multirole Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)

    The Textron NightWarden was unveiled at Paris Air Show 2017 as a static display and is intended as a multirole performer in the UAS sphere.

     Updated: 6/19/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.MilitaryFactory.com

    The NightWarden is a new Unmanned Air System (UAS) offering presented by Textron Systems. The vehicle is based upon the framework of the proven, existing Shadow (B-model, Version 2) Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (TUAS) with increased performance and capabilities (it shares up to 70% commonality of parts with the Shadow). It was debuted at Paris Air Show 2017 with an announcement that the product completed prototype-testing and was ready for serial manufacture with delivery possible within twelve months.

    As a Class 3 UAV, the NightWarden exhibits capabilities common to Class 4 types but broadens its Class 3 categorization by providing a "multi-mission" approach, able to tackle general Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) roles as well as direct-attack roles. The latter is made possible by underwing hardpoints fitted to carry current-generation Air-to-Surface Missiles (ASMs) (Hellfire assumed) and a precision delivery system. The NightWarden boasts lower noise signatures than its competitors and can carry a dual-nature payload up to 130lb (or 60lb through the SATCOM variant).

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    Textron NightWarden Technical Specifications

    Service Year: 2018
    Type: Multirole Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)
    National Origin: United States
    Manufacturer(s): Textron Systems - USA
    Production Total: 2

    Structural (Crew Space, Dimensions and Weights)

    Operating Crew: 0
    Length: 14.76 feet (4.5 meters)
    Width: 22.97 feet (7.00 meters)
    Height: 3.94 feet (1.20 meters)

    Weight (Empty): 243 lb (110 kg)
    Weight (MTOW): 750 lb (340 kg)

    Installed Power and Standard Day Performance

    Engine(s): 1 x Conventional engine at rear of fuselage driving multi-bladed propeller unit in pusher configuration.

    Maximum Speed: 127 mph (205 kph; 111 knots)
    Maximum Range: 684 miles (1,100 km)
    Service Ceiling: 16,404 feet (5,000 meters; 3.11 miles)

    Armament / Mission Payload

    Mission payload of up to 130lb. Auxiliary fuel tank optional for 18+ hour range.

    2 x Air-to-Surface Missiles (ASMs).

    Global Operators / Customers

    United States (possible)

    Model Variants (Including Prototypes)

    NightWarden - Base Series Name.