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RQ-7A Shadow

Definition/Scope: The RQ-7 Shadow unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is used by the United States Army and Marine Corps. Launched from a rail, it is recovered with the aid of arresting gear similar to jets on an aircraft carrier. Its gimbal-mounted, digitally-stabilized, liquid nitrogen-cooled electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) camera relays video in real time via a C-band LOS data link to the ground control station (GCS). The "R" is the DoD designation for reconnaissance; "Q" means unmanned aircraft system. The "7" refers to it being the seventh of a series of purpose-built unmanned reconnaissance aircraft systems. The RQ-7 Shadow is the result of a continued US Army search for an effective battlefield UAV after the cancellation of the RQ-6 Outrider aircraft. This UAS was also known as the Shadow 200.

Used For:

Shadow 200

Broader Terms:

Army aircraft
Tier II (UAV)
Unmanned Aircraft System (by name)

Narrower Terms:

base defense
Battle Damage Assessment
search and rescue

Related Terms:

Bell Eagle Eye
CQ-10 Snowgoose
MQ-1C Sky Warrior
MQ-8B Fire Scout
MQ-9 Reaper
RQ-11 Raven
RQ-4 Global Hawk
RQ-5 Hunter
RQ-7 Shadow
RQ-7B Shadow

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