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Poland acquires Blackjack UAS

03 April 2018
The RQ-21A Blackjack is a larger and more capable iteration of Insitu’s earlier ScanEagle. Poland is acquiring the platform, which will be delivered in July. Source: Insitu

Poland has acquired the Insitu RQ-21A Blackjack small tactical unmanned aircraft system (STUAS).

A USD11.4 million Foreign Military Sale (FMS) contract for one system was awarded to the Boeing subsidiary by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 30 March.

The system comprises an undisclosed number of air vehicles, a ground control station, as well as launch and recovery equipment. Systems engineering and programme management is also included. Jane’s previously reported that Poland’s Blackjack is to be equipped with the GPS/Selective Availability Anti-Spoofing Module (SAASM).

As noted by the DoD, Poland will take delivery in July.

The RQ-21A Blackjack is the military variant of the Integrator, which is essentially a larger and more capable version of the ScanEagle. It is 2.2 m in length with a wingspan of 4.8 m and can cruise for 24 hours at 55 kt up to a service ceiling of 15,000 ft.

Currently in its Block 2 configuration, the STUAS is equipped in its baseline configuration with an electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) camera coupled with mid- and long-range infrared imagers, an infrared marker, and a laser rangefinder.

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