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NEWS | Nov. 16, 2022

UAV/UAS: Shadow Now Has NSNs for Protective Covers

BLUF: NSNs have been assigned for corrosion inhibiting covers to protect Shadow Ground Support Equipment (GSE).
Soldier moving Shadow to launching ramp
Photo by Gertrud Zach
Shadow operators, corrosion is an ongoing challenge that can wreak havoc on your fleet. To make sure corrosion is headed off at the pass, the Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems (TUAS) Program Manager’s office has assigned NSNs to 12 GSE covers that are usable on the RQ-7 series Shadow and other similar UAS GSE platforms.
These covers provide environmental protection from the elements to help eliminate water exposure and moisture intrusion, a leading cause of corrosion related failure. They can be used in all climates and temperatures. The covers are not designed for in-transportation use.
The supply class IX NSNs were assigned to make it easier for the Warfighter to purchase the covers, which they can now do through the automated supply system using unit funds. The covers aren’t funded under the Shadow Contract Logistics System (CLS) for COLTS requisition.
The cover manufacturer, Shield Technologies Corporation, offers free hands-on training and installation instructions to units purchasing the covers. To set up the free cover training for your unit, email the Shield Technologies Aviation Field Service Representative, Mark Bechtel, at:

Below is a list of the GSE covers with their NSNs:
Item NSN 1730-
Shadow launcher shuttle mount cover 01-705-3738
Shadow launcher extended position cover set

Shadow launcher folded position cover

Shadow high powered launcher extended position cover set 01-705-7833
Shadow high powered launcher folded position cover 01-705-3871
Tactical automatic landing system (TALS) pedestal cover

Tactical automatic landing system (TALS) track control unit (TCU) cover 01-705-3744
Local equipment assembly (LEA) cover

Remote equipment assembly (REA) cover

Portable transit assembly (PTA) cover 01-705-4041
Rugged serial to fiber (RS2F) cover 01-705-3874
Universal ground data terminal (UGDT) cover


For answers to questions about these covers, email Craig Starr at:
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