With a number of regional contracts already secured, unmanned air systems (UAS) house Insitu Pacific (Hall D, Stand DP103) is showcasing the capabilities of the ScanEagle and Integrator fixed-wing UAS systems here at the show.
Based in Queensland, Australia, Insitu Pacific was founded in 2009 as an affiliate of Boeing-owned Insitu Inc to serve the UAS needs of the Asia-Pacific market. Successes to date include a 2012 contract to deliver the ScanEagle UAS for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) operations from the Republic of Singapore Navy’s Victory-class missile corvettes. This deal has encompassed systems, training, logistics and ship installation, as well as specialist in-country maintenance support.
ScanEagle is today firmly established as the market-leading small UAS for land-based and maritime ISR missions. The larger Integrator UAS system is entering service with the US Navy and US Marine Corps, under the designation RQ- 21A Blackjack, to meet the Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (STUAS) requirement.
Parent group Insitu last week announced the launch of the nextgeneration ScanEagle 2 UAS. Leveraging experience from more than 800,000 operational hours, ScanEagle 2 provides increased payload power and expanded payload options, a more robust navigation system, better image quality due to a fully digital video system and a new purpose-designed propulsion system.
The aircraft’s new architecture also maximises commonality with all Insitu systems – thereby reducing training, hardware and life-cycle costs – and shares the same launch and recovery system as Integrator.