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Delta Digital Video Selected by Textron Systems for Modernization of U.S. Army’s RQ-7B TUAS

September 15, 2020

Textron Systems has awarded Delta Digital Video a contract to supply the Model 6805R HD/SD Video Encoder for use in the intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) technology modernization of the U.S. Army’s fleet of Shadow® RQ-7B Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems (TUAS) which are produced for the U.S. Army by Textron Systems.

The RQ-7 shadow system delivered the highest precision situational awareness for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions and force protection for U.S. Army and Special Forces units in near real-time, day or night, and in limited adverse weather conditions.

Delta Digital Video’s Model 6805R is a rugged, compact, and low-power unit engineered for size, weight and power (SWaP) optimization to meet the RQ-7 Shadow aircraft’s unique and emerging requirements. The Model 6805R supports encoding of SDI and composite video formats with resolutions up to 1080p, and multiplexes them with synchronous and asynchronous metadata and other vital system information for real-time transmission and recording. The Model 6805R is fully compliant with MISB/STANAG/JITC standards and profiles ensuring seamless integration with downstream processing, exploitation, and dissemination (PED) systems.

“This program pairs our compact, yet extremely powerful Model 6805R Video Encoder with an advanced TUAS. We are proud to take part in upgrading the U.S. Army’s Shadow aircraft,” said George Nelson, Vice President and General Manager. Delta Digital Video’s Rugged Video Encoders are specifically designed for airborne, ground-mobile, and shipboard environments. These highly reliable encoders compress and multiplex sensor video, audio, and metadata for real-time, low latency transmission to remote ground stations and downstream PED systems.

About Delta Digital Video
Delta Digital Video is a leading provider of specialized video compression and scan conversion products for military, aerospace, homeland security applications. Delta Digital Video’s products are manufactured in mission-qualified, rugged packages as well as standard commercial/industrial configurations and OEM modules. Recognizing that no standard product meets all customer requirements, Delta Digital Video works with users to tailor our core technologies for a specific application, resulting in cost-effective solutions for program requirements. All of our products are backed by superior support and customer service. For more information about this press release visit or contact Cassandra Lang at

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