Definition/Scope: The RQ-7B Shadow is a transportable surveillance asset capable of providing Marine Corps tactical commanders with day and night battlefield reconnaissance, target acquisition and designation, and communication relay in support of joint or expeditionary force commanders. Shadow is operated by Marine Corps unmanned aerial vehicle squadrons that are reorganized as detachments to allow greater operational flexibility than was possible with the prior RQ-2B Pioneer system. It is an improved version of the RQ-7/A Show’s. The RQ-7B features new wings increased in span by 91.4 centimeters (36 inches); the new wings are not only more aerodynamically efficient, they are "wet" to increase fuel storage for greater range and endurance. Endurance has been increased to 6 hours, and payload capability has been increased to 45 kilograms (100 pounds).
Broader Terms:Marine Air-Ground Task Force
Narrower Terms:Battle Damage Assessment
Related Terms:RQ-7 Shadow