Thursday, October 1, 2020

Insitu receives contract for RQ-21A unmanned aircraft system support

Insitu Inc. (a subsidiary of Boeing Defense, Space & Security) is receiving a USD8,9 million contract modification for support RQ-21A tactical unmanned aircraft system, according to an 23 July statement by the US Department of Defense (DoD).

The DoD announced that Insitu Inc. is awarded USD8,9 for firm-fixed-price delivery order N001918F0275 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-15-G-0014).

This delivery order provides for the procurement of various quantities of spare and sustainment parts in support of the RQ-21A tactical unmanned aircraft system.

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Work will be performed in Bingen, Washington, and is expected to be completed in March 2019.

According to the Insitu, the RQ-21A Blackjack system is modular, versatile and multi-mission capable, providing rapid transitions between land and maritime environments.

The aircraft can safeguard military bases and activities through a pattern of life identification and explosive device detection.

The electro-optic/infrared (EO/IR) payloads support real-time monitoring to provide indications and threat warnings and its plug-and-play payloads enable multi-intelligence capability to support a broad range of operations. Extended operations via maritime hub-and-spoke capabilities offer real-time over watch for Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) teams, as well as over-the-horizon information and communication relay for ship sensor range extension.

RQ-21A Blackjack. Photo by Sgt. Joselyn Jimenez

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