Boeing Insitu Awarded $390M Contract for Up To 63 RQ-21A Blackjack Air Vehicles for U.S. Marine Corps and Navy

Boeing Insitu Inc. is awarded contract, worth around $390 million, for up to 63 RQ-21A Blackjack attrition air vehicles for the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Navy.

The firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract was awarded by the Department of Navy’s Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR).

This contract also provides for up to six RQ-21A unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) and up to 17 RQ-21A air vehicles for foreign military sales (FMS) customers, including the governments of Canada, Poland and Oman. The contractor will also provide up to 93 ScanEagle UASs in various configurations.

In addition, this contract provides for associated services, including training, test and engineering, development of engineering change proposals, operations support, organizational level maintenance, field service representatives, land and ship surveys, hardware site activations, hardware installs, repairs and data.

Work will be performed in Bingen, Washington (83%) and various locations inside the continental United States (CONUS) (5%) and outside CONUS (12%), and is expected to be completed in June 2022.

Boeing Insitu ScanEagle is a small, long-endurance, low-altitude unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) built by Insitu, a subsidiary of Boeing, and is used for reconnaissance. It is based on the Insitu SeaScan, a commercial UAV that was intended for fish-spotting.

Boeing Insitu RQ-21 Blackjack, formerly called the Integrator, is an American unmanned air vehicle designed and built by Boeing Insitu to meet a U.S. Navy requirement for a small tactical unmanned air system (STUAS). It is a twin-boom, single-engine monoplane, designed as a supplement to the Boeing Scan Eagle. The Integrator weighs 61 kg (134 lb) and uses the same launcher and recovery system as the Scan Eagle.

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