Posted by John McHaleHUNT VALLEY, Md., 22 May 2010. Sweden's lead system integrator, Saab AB selected AAI Corp.'s Shadow 200 Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (TUAS) for use by the Swedish armed forces. As the winner of a competition conducted by Saab on behalf of the Swedish Ministry of Defense, AAI will provide two Shadow 200 systems and associated services under the $31.4 million award. The Shadow TUAS leverages AAI's interoperable One System Ground Control Station (OSGCS) to receive and disseminate battlefield video. The OSGCS is NATO Standardization Agreement 4586 compliant, meaning that it enables interoperability among international military forces by supporting the operation of numerous different unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) used by allied forces. As a result, Sweden's Shadow 200 systems will provide the added benefit of working with equipment and capabilities in common with those of other NATO forces. A single Shadow system includes four aircraft; two OSGCS systems and ground data terminals; four One System Remote Video Terminals, or OSRVTs; a One System portable ground control station; and associated components and support equipment. "Our Shadow systems have amassed a record-breaking number of combat flight hours," says Steven Reid, vice president of Unmanned Aircraft Systems at AAI. "Having years of operational proof to confirm the system's capabilities and performance, customers like the Swedish armed forces can invest confidently in a Shadow unmanned aircraft fleet."