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ShadowHawk: Robot Helicopter Comes to a Local Pee Dee Near You

The ShadowHawk is a remote controlled mini-helicopter that can record footage (nighttime/IR/thermal too) and point lasers as easily as it can shoot a stun baton or launch 40mm grenades.

On October 28th, 2011 the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) Texas, received a MK-II ShadowHawk Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) from Vanguard Defense Industries. The UAS is intended to assist the County in a number of critical operations to include emergency management, search & rescue, and SWAT operations. In addition to representing a significant cost savings effort over a full sized aircraft, the department can deploy the system quickly via a police SUV. The ShadowHawk was purchased utilizing Department of Homeland Security Grant funding and included training of several deputies already on staff with the MCSO.

(demo video, 7 mins.)  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asXqvd_Yk5Y
(promo clip, 2 mins.)  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GVFGAGBSsU
 http://vanguarddefense.com/productsservices/uavs/

 http://vanguarddefense.com/specifications/

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Airframe Characteristics

Dry Weight: 35lbs (16 kg)
Overall Length: 96 in (243.9 cm)
Height: 29.8 in (75.7 cm)
Width: 17 in (43.2 cm)
Rotor Span: 76.5 in (194.3 cm)
Usable Load: 22 lbs (10 kg)
Cruising Speed: 35 mph (56.3 kph)
Max Speed: 70 mph (112.6 kph)
Max Range: 35 miles (56 km)
Fuel Endurance: Turbine 45 min/Piston 3.5 hrs.
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Montgomery County Receives ShadowHawk UAS
 http://vanguarddefense.com/montgomery-county-receives-shadowhawk-uas/
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On October 28th, 2011 the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) Texas, received a MK-II ShadowHawk Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) from Vanguard Defense Industries. The UAS is intended to assist the County in a number of critical operations to include emergency management, search & rescue, and S.W.A.T. operations. In addition to representing a significant cost savings effort over a full sized aircraft, the department can deploy the system quickly via a police Sport Utility Vehicle. The ShadowHawk was purchased utilizing Department of Homeland Security Grant funding and included training of several deputies already on staff with the MCSO.
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ShadowHawk - Robo-Copter from Vanguard
 http://www.uasvision.com/2011/08/03/shadowhawk-robo-copter-from-vanguard/

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The ShadowHawk is a remote controlled mini-helicopter that can record footage as easily as it can shoot a stun baton.

Vanguard Defense, who spent three years developing this buzzing robot, packed a lot into the copter's seven-foot, 50-lb frame. The ShadowHawk comes in five different varieties and can be outfitted with a turbine or piston engine, CCD TV optics, infrared and thermal cameras, laser pointers, illuminators and range finders. Law enforcement has the option of adding 37 mm or 40mm grenade launchers, or if they feel adventurous, a 12 gauge shotgun.

The ShadowHawk would be able to patrol the land or the sea for up to 2.5 hours at a time at speeds of up to 70 mph. You might think a gust of wind would knock the mini-copter out of the air, but it's capable of withstanding gusts of up to 50mph. Through out it all, the camera keeps rolling.
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