Officials of the Naval Air Systems Command at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md., are asking Insitu to provide six ScanEagle UAVs, support equipment, training, site activation, technical services, and data for the Philippines. Insitu is a subsidiary of the Boeing Co.
The ScanEagle UAV is 5.1 feet long with a 5.6-foot wingspan. It weighs as much as 48.5 pounds and can carry a 7.5-pound sensor payload. The UAV can fly for more than 24 hours at altitudes as high as 19.500 feet, and at speeds to 80 knots.
The unmanned aircraft can fly on gasoline or heavy fuels like jet fuel, diesel, or kerosine.
The mission of ScanEagle is to provide persistent surveillance and reconnaissance imagery on land or at sea at lower costs than other surveillance methods for military and agriculture missions.
ScanEagle can carry a sensor payload consisting of visible-light camera, medium-wave infrared imager, or both integrated in one turret. The UAV ans has an analog digitally encrypted video data link, as well as encrypted or unencrypted command-and-control data link.
The UAV can be launched autonomously and uses a no-nets recovery system that recovers with its wing tip on a rope that hangs from a boom.
On this contract Insitu will do the work in Bingen, Wash., and Hood River, Ore., and should be finished by July 2019. This order is part of a foreign military sales (FMS) contract.
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