As Army’s Shadow to fade from view, Textron looks to a successor

Defense News: In the crowded exhibit halls of the U.S. Army’s largest conference, a strange-looking drone — a small, flat, tailless, triangular aircraft with four flexible rotors — is suspended above a room full of giant wheeled vehicles and static helicopter displays.

That aircraft, Textron’s X5-55 demonstrator, hasn’t been built for a customer or a particular mission, but the company believes that some of the technologies it plans to mature on the X5-55 could be spun off for future U.S. military requirements like a replacement to Textron’s own RQ-7 Shadow.

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