Textron Systems Announces Membership in the Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Company Brings More than One Million Flight Hours of UAS Experience Across Numerous Platforms
HUNT VALLEY, Md. — APRIL 25, 2016 — Textron Systems Unmanned Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) business, announced today its participation in the Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (C-UAS). Founded in 2012, the C-UAS is part of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Industry/University Cooperative Research Center program. The center, which is the only National Science Foundation-funded unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research organization, is designed to link the research and development needs of industry with university research capabilities.
“We are excited to have Textron Systems join C-UAS,” says Center Director Tim McLain. “We will benefit greatly from their perspectives and experience as we define and work on research problems of critical importance to the UAS industry.”
Textron Systems brings its vast experience as a designer, manufacturer, operator, maintainer and trainer for UAS technologies to C-UAS. Textron Systems’ unmanned aircraft systems include the expeditionary and highly reliable Aerosonde™ Small Unmanned Aircraft System, as well as the Shadow® Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (TUAS), which alone has amassed nearly one million flight hours. The company currently uses these UAS platforms for military, civil and commercial applications around the world. Textron Systems also is a leader within the unmanned command and control domain with products such as the Universal Ground Control Station (UGCS), which is being fielded by the U.S. Army as the common control station for Textron Systems’ Shadow TUAS, as well as other non-Textron UAS.
“With more than one million UAS flight hours across our platforms, and more than 30 years of experience as a UAS manufacturer, operator and maintainer, Textron Systems is excited to share this unique perspective with the membership of the C-UAS,” says Textron Systems Unmanned Systems Senior Vice President and General Manager Bill Irby. “Textron Systems is committed to advancing research within the UAS industry, and we are proud to use our experience to make significant thought leadership contributions to the organization’s efforts.”
About Textron Systems
Textron Systems’ businesses develop and integrate products, services and support for aerospace and defense customers, as well as civil and commercial customers including those in law enforcement, security, border patrol and critical infrastructure protection around the globe. Harnessing agility and a broad base of expertise, Textron Systems’ innovative businesses design, manufacture, field and support comprehensive solutions that expand customer capabilities and deliver value. Textron Systems consists of its Advanced Information Solutions, Electronic Systems, Geospatial Solutions, Lycoming Engines, Marine & Land Systems, Support Solutions, TRU Simulation + Training, Unmanned Systems and Weapon & Sensor Systems businesses. More information is available at www.textronsystems.com.
About Textron Inc.
Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, and Textron Systems. For more information, visit www.textron.com.
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