Insitu to Supply Eight ScanEagle Unmanned Aircraft Systems to Afghanistan

Insitu is being awarded a delivery order to supply eight ScanEagle unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to Afghanistan under a Building Partnership Capacity (BPC) case.

The delivery order, worth $47 million, also includes spares, support equipment, one logistician field service representative (FSR); 16 FSR operators to provide ScanEagle UAS technical services; two site surveys and site activation teams; and program management to sustain and operate the ScanEagle UAS in support of the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan under a BCP case. Each UAS typically comprises upwards of 12 air vehicles as well as associated pneumatic launchers and Skyhook recovery apparatus.

Work will be performed in Afghanistan (95 percent); and Bingen, Washington (5 percent), and is expected to be completed in March 2019.

The firm-fixed-price delivery order was awarded against a previously issued basic ordering agreement. Fiscal 2018 Afghan Security Forces funding for the amount are being obligated at time of award; none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The contracting activity of the order is U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) located in Lakehurst, New Jersey.

Insitu is a wholly owned subsidiary of Boeing Integrated Defense Systems.

Boeing Insitu ScanEagle UAS

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.

The ScanEagle was designed by Insitu based on the Insitu SeaScan, a commercial UAV that was intended for fish-spotting.

ScanEagle has a 10.2-foot (3.1 m) wingspan a length of 4.5 feet (1.4 m) and a mass of 44 pounds (20 kg) and can operate up to 80 knots (92 mph; 150 km/h), with an average cruising speed of 48 knots (55 mph; 89 km/h).

ScanEagle needs no airfield for deployment. Instead, it is launched using a pneumatic launcher, patented by Insitu, known as the “SuperWedge” launcher. It is recovered using the “Skyhook” retrieval system, which uses a hook on the end of the wingtip to catch a rope hanging from a 30-to-50-foot (9.1 to 15.2 m) pole.

ScanEagle carries a stabilized electro-optical (E/O) and/or infrared (IR) camera on a lightweight inertial stabilized turret system, and an integrated communications system having a range of over 62 miles (100 km); it has a flight endurance of over 20 hours.

Block D aircraft featured a higher-resolution camera, a custom-designed Mode C transponder and a new video system. A Block D aircraft, flying at Boeing’s test range in Boardman, Oregon set a type endurance record of 22 hours, 8 minutes.

The ScanEagle continues to receive improvements through upgrades and changes.

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