Team Decepticon Storm Shadow

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Unmanned Strike Fighter /
Uninhabited Combat Aerial Vehicle
Design Project


The Storm Shadow is an unmanned strike fighter designed by Team Decepticon, a group of seniors in the Department of Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering at the University of Illinois. Team Decepticon completed this design in the spring of 1998 to satisfy a senior design project requirement. Upon completion of the course, the Storm Shadow design was also submitted to the AIAA Undergraduate Design Competition.

This site contains a summary of the methodology used by the design team as well as technical details and images of the completed design.

The Storm Shadow unmanned strike fighter

Additional Comments:

The Storm Shadow UCAV is not to be confused with the Matra BAe Dynamics (MBD) cruise missile of the same name. Our team chose the name for our design project in 1997, before we had heard of the MBD Storm Shadow Conventionally Armed Stand Off Missile (CASOM). By the time we had learned of the CASOM, the Storm Shadow UCAV had already been on the internet for over a year. Regardless, it should be obvious to our visitors that the two vehicles are completely different, and we see no reason to alter this site. The Storm Shadow UCAV was simply a university conceptual design study completed and submitted to an AIAA student competition in the spring of 1998. The design team members have all since graduated and moved on to pursue exciting careers in the field of aerospace engineering, some even working on unmanned aerial vehicles.

If you are looking for the MBD Storm Shadow cruise missile and came to this site accidentally, more information can be found at:

In the future, we hope to evolve this site to present more information on the emerging technologies of uninhabited combat aerial vehicles, rather than focus purely on the Storm Shadow UCAV conceptual design.

Last modified 15 January 2001

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