HUNT VALLEY, Md. (AP) -- AAI Corp., an operating unit of Textron Inc.'s Textron Systems, has received a contract totaling $242.1 million for 17 additional unmanned aircraft systems.
The company said Wednesday that 13 Shadow Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems will be delivered to the U.S. Army. Four will be delivered to the U.S. Marine Corps.
AAI said that deliveries are expected to begin in December 2009 and end in November 2010. Up to two systems are planned to be delivered per month. To date, AAI has contracted for a total of 113 of these systems and delivered a total of 71.
Several Shadow systems under this contract have been ordered with two new capabilities -- a laser designator and a secure, wide-band data link that transmits digital data to and from the aircraft.