Vanguard Defense Industries ShadowHawk

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The ShadowHawk® can fly day-after-day, night-after-night, in adverse weather conditions, for up to 3 hours at a time, on an accurate flight path, under computer control.

The ShadowHawk® can be airborne within minutes of mission authorization.

The operating costs of a ShadowHawk® is approximately 11% of a manned helicopter which includes the difference in fuel expenditure (1.1 gallons per hr in a ShadowHawk® versus 28 gallons per hr in a Bell Jet Ranger), maintenance, and pilot pay.

The ShadowHawk® is substantially safer than a full sized helicopter since a UAS can easily auto rotate to the ground in a controlled landing even with a complete failure of the main engine. Although full size helicopters may be able to perform this function with a highly skilled pilot, it often results in significant damage to the aircraft as well as injury to the pilot.

A ShadowHawk® can maintain aerial surveillance of an area (i.e. house, vehicle, person, etc.) at 700 feet without being heard or seen unlike full sized aircraft. Imagine the advantage provided to an entry team in the following scenarios; high risk warrant, hostage rescue, domestic violence, etc.

A ShadowHawk® can be fully refueled in less than five minutes.

ShadowHawks® can fly safely at low altitudes to provide a variety of inspection functions such as; pipelines, IEDs, railways, etc.

Network Centric approach in which data from each ShadowHawk® in flight updates a server computer in real time, allowing users to view the latest information, via the Internet from any terminal designated by the operators, (i.e. the Chief of Police as well as the Mayor of a municipality can view an incident in real time from their respective offices.)

Each ShadowHawk is equipped with a Mode C transponder for connectivity to Air Traffic Control.

Basic UAS unit with CCD TV optics, standard semi-autonomous flight avionics package and turbine or piston power plant.

Upgraded UAS with day CCD TV camera as well as FLIR optics package, fully autonomous avionics package and turbine or piston power-plant.

UAS with day CCD, FLIR and thermal cameras, fully autonomous avionics and weaponized with either 40mm, 37mm grenade launcher or 12 gauge shotgun with laser designator (military use only.)

Unavailable to non-military users.

Payload Characteristics
Sony FCB EX-1020 Electro-Optical Camera with 20X Zoom FLIR Photon 320, FLIR TAU 640

Semi/Full autonomous system radio link, Auto Take-off/Land, Pilot Assist Module, 30 hz Laser Altimeter, DGPS system with 2cm accuracy option.

U.S. Military components have options including single or multiple shot 40mm grenade launcher, 25mm Grenade Launcher, 12g shotgun

Note : As of May 2015, Vanguard Defense Industries was acquired by Lockheed Martin.


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