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UK promises competition for future maritime UAS capability

01 July 2014

Boeing Defence UK's contract to provide its ScanEagle unmanned air system (UAS) for deployment onboard Royal Navy (RN) and Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships is to be extended for two years.

However, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has stated that any programme to retain a shipborne UAS capability after mid-2017 will move forward only after a competitive tendering process.

Boeing was awarded an initial GBP30 million (USD51 million) contract to provide a contractor-owned, contractor-operated (COCO) maritime UAS service in June 2013 in response to an urgent operational requirement (UoR) for persistent intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) coverage in support of RN deployments.



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