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Surface Navy 2017: NAVAIR awards Insitu USD71 million for six maritime Blackjack UASs

12 January 2017

The US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) awarded Insitu Inc a USD71 million contract to procure six full-rate production Lot I RQ-21A Blackjack unmanned aerial systems (UAS), three for the US Navy (USN) and three for the US Marine Corps (USMC).

The contract was announced on 9 January. The UAS consists of air vehicles, ground control stations, multi-mission (plug and play) payloads, launch and recovery equipment, and systems engineering and programme management tools, according to NAVAIR's announcement. The Blackjack UAS does not require a runway and is catapulted and then recovered via a cable retrieval system.

The USN and USMC will use the RQ-21A to provide persistent maritime and land-based tactical reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition (RSTA) data collection and dissemination capabilities, a NAVAIR spokesperson told IHS Jane's.

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