Insitu receives order for USMC RQ-21A Blackjack UAV support

Insitu Inc. has been awarded a delivery order for the procurement of spare and sustainment parts for the RQ-21A Blackjack unmanned air vehicle (UAV) in support of the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC).

The value of the firm-fixed-price delivery order, awarded by the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), is $9.2 million.

The work will be performed at Insitu’s facility in Bingen, Washington, and is expected to be completed in April 2018.

Boeing Insitu RQ-21A Blackjack, formerly called the Integrator, is an 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 UAV has a wingspan of 16 ft (4.9 m), weight of 61 kg (135 lb) and it can carry a 39 lb (18 kg) payload. The day/night camera can achieve resolution rating of 7 on the NIIRS scale at 8,000 ft (2,400 m).

The aircraft can be launched on land or on a ship by a rail and land using a “skyhook” recovery system, where a vertical wire must be hooked onto its wing. The ground launch and recovery systems are towable by vehicles.

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