Insitu wins contract modification for ScanEagle UAS support

Insitu Inc. is being awarded a contract modification for additional field service representatives, training and program management services for the ScanEagle UAS (Unmanned Aircraft System) in support of Navy Special Warfare fleet operations.

The modification, worth around $22.7 million, was awarded by U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) located in Patuxent River, Maryland. No funds will be obligated at the time of award.  Funding will be obligated on individual task orders as they are issued.

The contract work will be performed in Bagram, Afghanistan (83 percent); and Bingen, Washington (27 percent), and is expected to be completed in September 2018.

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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