Royal Malaysian Navy Receives First Batch of ScanEagle UAVs

Royal Malaysian Navy took delivery of the first batch of six American-made ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur announced.

A more formal presentation will take place later this year as training commences. The new ScanEagle UAVs will enhance the ability of the Royal Malaysian Navy to defend the country’s territorial integrity.

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.

Boeing Insitu ScanEagle
Boeing Insitu ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial System (UAS)

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.

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