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ChandlerMay’s UAS Division Delivers Its 300th Tactical Ground Control Station (GCS) to AAI — Press Release

by: Matthew Potter
June 10, 2011

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ChandlerMay’s UAS Division Delivers Its 300th Tactical Ground Control Station (GCS) to AAI

ChandlerMay marks its tenth year in supplying major GCS subsystems to AAI Corporation; these One System® and ER/MP Ground Control Stations operate the payloads and fly The US Army/Marines Shadow® and the Army’s Gray Eagle Unmanned Air Systems

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., June 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — ChandlerMay’s UAS Division recently delivered the 300th Ground Control Station (GCS) subsystem to AAI Corporation. ChandlerMay’s UAS division builds major subsystems for the Army’s One System® Ground Control Station (OSGCS), which flies several Unmanned Air Systems including AAI’s very successful Shadow® TUAS (Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System).

The One System® and its earlier variants are currently operational in several military deployments. The OSGCS major subsystems are built and preliminary testing is performed at ChandlerMay’s facilities in Huntsville, AL, with final integration and testing performed by AAI before deployment to overseas bases. In addition to new production there is a dedicated facility at ChandlerMay currently doing reset and upgrade work on Ground Control Stations circulating back from operations.

AAI has logged more than 600,000 flight hours in support of the Shadow TUAS, and is expanding the GCS into other UAS platforms, including the U.S. Army’s new Extended Range/Multi-Purpose (ER/MP) Gray Eagle Unmanned Air System. Based on past performance and its success in the One System® deployment, ChandlerMay was selected as a team member and GCS supplier for the Gray Eagle Unmanned Air System.

The Shadow® Unmanned Air Vehicle along with the One System® Ground Control Station is the preeminent and most successful tactical UAS in the Army’s inventory today. The Shadow® is designed to provide brigade commanders with accurate target acquisition, battle damage assessment and battle management capabilities. This system also saves lives by spotting ambushes and insurgents planting improvised explosive devices. The near real-time video imagery, day or night, fulfills its primary mission of reconnaissance and surveillance.

These GCS’s utilize a wide range of ChandlerMay integration capabilities, including the latest in machine shop technology, cable fabrication and rugged systems packaging as well as the incorporation of high-end embedded VME and AdvancedTCA based workstations, video and communications products.

About ChandlerMay

ChandlerMay is a Defense System Integrator and Tactical Product Development company that has delivered hundreds of C4ISR stations, computing systems, and I/O solutions to the Defense and Aerospace Markets. ChandlerMay has led the industry in providing major UAS Ground Control Station subsystems for over 10 years, and brings over 20 years of tactical computing experience to the UAS market. These military systems designed and built by ChandlerMay include the development and production of tactical ground control stations, custom C2 and C4ISR systems, air defense control platforms, portable ground control stations, UAS flight and payload computers, and field-rugged system simulators and trainers. http://www.ChandlerMay.com

About AAI

AAI Corporation and its indirect wholly owned subsidiaries Aerosonde Pty Ltd and ESL Defence Limited design, produce and support industry-leading aerospace and defense products and services, including unmanned aircraft and ground control technologies; high-fidelity training and simulation systems; automated aerospace test and maintenance equipment; armament systems; and logistical, engineering, supply chain and operational support services. AAI Corporation is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Textron Inc. More information is available at http://www.aaicorp.com

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