CBRNE & EOD Defence

Insitu delivers first ScanEagle for Japanese armed forces

13 May 2013

Japan's first ScanEagle UAV has been delivered to MHI. (US Navy)Japan's first ScanEagle UAV has been delivered to MHI. (US Navy)

Insitu Pacific has handed over the first ScanEagle unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) for use by the Japanese Ground Self-Defence Forces (JGSDF).

Insitu signed a contract with MHI and Sojitz Corporation in July 2012 to provide one ScanEagle system for operational testing. Insitu said on 14 May that the JGSDF would test and evaluate the system over the next 12 months "to prepare for entry into service".

The ScanEagle is Japan's first unmanned aerial system and meets a pressing need for damage assessment and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) that was exposed by the March 2001 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis.

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