On Monday, Textron Systems, Rhode Island-based defense and aerospace manufacturing firm, presented its next-generation tactical drone at the Paris Air Show.
The NightWarden is specifically designed for a variety of missions, including targeting, surveillance and electronic warfare. Textron Systems employs nearly 1,400 workers at its plant in Cockeysville, where it builds drones, including the NightWarden unmanned aircraft system.
The Shadow done is the company’s leading product, which is utilized extensively by the U.S. military in Afghanistan and Iraq. In 2016, the U.S. Army awarded Textron Systems a $116.5 million contract for an additional 24 Shadow drones.
When compared to the Shadow, The NightWarden offers notable improvements, the company said. The drone is capable of reaching speeds up to 90 nautical miles per hour, while offering a range of about 685 miles. It has a maximum capacity of 130 pounds and runtime of 15 hours.
The NightWarden’s water-cooled engine operates quicker, but much more powerful than any Textron drone, according to the company.
The new NightWarden will be on display at the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget, Paris through Thursday. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan made an appearance at the event.