Air Platforms

US Coast Guard commandant wants SUAS capability on future offshore patrol cutters

07 December 2018

Key Points

  • The USCG commandant wants SUAS capability on its future offshore patrol cutters
  • The service plans a programme of record of 25 vessels

US Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Karl Schultz wants small unmanned aircraft system (SUAS) capability similar to Insitu's ScanEagle on the service's future fleet of offshore patrol cutters (OPCs).

"I'd like to see that small or medium [unmanned aerial system] capability on the back of every one of those ships," Adm Schultz told an audience on 6 December at the National Press Club.

The USCG on 28 September exercised contract options with Eastern Shipbuilding Group (ESG) to begin construction of the lead OPC Argus and to acquire long lead-time materials for the second OPC, Chase .

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