These photographs of the Shadow 200 drone being launched and recovered at night by U.S. Army paratroopers in Afghanistan are simply stunning

Jun 25 2012 - Leave a Comment

The following images show the Shadow 200 unmanned aerial vehicle launched and recovered at night at Forward Operating Base Warrior (in the Ghazni province) in Afghanistan by U.S. Army paratroopers with Company B, 1BSTB.

As already explained, the RQ-7 Shadow Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) is launched from a trailer-mounted pneumatic catapult, that launches the 400-pound UAV in fewer than 40 feet, and can be recovered with the aid of an arrestor hook similar to that of many combat planes.

Image credit: 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division