recorded a combined total of more than 180,000 flight hours
and 37,000 sorties in support of combat operations. In all worldwide
operations, Shadows have registered in excess of 200,000 flight
hours and 49,000 sorties.
The acquisition of Shadows by the USMC is part of the corps'
joint procurement strategy designed to leverage existing contracts
and acquisition efficiencies, thus reducing life cycle cost.
The US Army will acquire two Shadow systems for the Marines,
to be operated by VMU-1 "Watchdogs" based at 29 Palms,
Calif., and the VMU-2 "Night Owls" based at Cherry