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InstantEye Robotics delivers SUASs to US Marines

22 November 2018
The air vehicle from an InstantEye Mk-3 GEN5-D1 SUAS, 32 of which have recently been acquired by the USMC. Source: InstantEye

The US Marine Corps (USMC) has acquired 32 InstantEye Mk-3 GEN5-D1 small unmanned aerial systems (SUASs), including a total of 64 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), from InstantEye Robotics: a division of Physical Sciences Inc based in Andover, Massachusetts.

An InstantEye spokesman confirmed to Jane's on 21 November that the delivery is complete, but declined to discuss the value of the contract.

The contract was made via the US Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) in support of PMA-263: the US Navy and Marine Corps Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program Office.

The Mk-3 GEN5-D1 UAV weighs less than 9 oz (255 g), has a maximum payload weight of 1 oz (28.35 g), a video range of up to 1.5 km, and an endurance of more than 15 minutes. The system requires only one operator, can be deployed from stowed in around a minute, and comes with integrated gimballed electro-optical and infrared cameras. Each SUAS includes two aircraft, one tactical sensor controller, one tablet for video display, a transport case, batteries, a battery charger, and spare parts. The base system of the Mk-3 GEN5-D1 weighs around 400 g.

The USMC is no stranger to InstantEye systems as it has already purchased 800 Mk-2 GEN3-A0 systems, also via PMA-263, according to a 2 June company press release. A company spokesperson told Jane's on 9 October that this sale came on top of another contract for "over 150 systems".

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