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US Coast Guard lifts SUAS for NSC stop work order

08 February 2019
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The US Coast Guard (USCG) lifted its stop work order to Insitu in mid-January for the Small Unmanned Aerial System (SUAS) for the National Security Cutter (NSC) programme. Insitu is providing its ScanEagle UAS for the effort. Source: Boeing

Key Points

  • The US Coast Guard has lifted its stop work order to Insitu for the SUAS for NSC programme
  • This allows the company to move forward on the effort to provide ISR services

The US Coast Guard (USCG) has lifted its stop work order to Insitu for the Small Unmanned Aerial System (SUAS) for National Security Cutter (NSC) programme, allowing the company to move forward on the effort.

USCG spokesman Chad Saylor said on 5 February that the stop work order was lifted on 15 January while the service was shut down due to a lack of appropriations. The shutdown ended on 25 January. Saylor said the USCG is now working towards the installation of infrastructure and vendor-owned equipment necessary for the programme’s operation, starting with USCGC Kimball and USCGC Munro .

The stop work order was issued in June 2018 following a Textron protest of the SUAS for NSC award to Insitu. Saylor said the corrective action notification to Insitu was provided to vendors on 17 December, prior to the shutdown, and that the stop work order technically could have been lifted on 28 December after the close of the 10-day waiting period. However, the shutdown prevented the USCG from rescinding the stop work order until 15 January, he added.

Insitu spokesperson Jennifer Beloy said on 6 February that the company was to meet with NSC commands to brief them for their upcoming installations. Insitu was prepared to deliver and install, and was waiting for the USCG to give the company its schedule, she added.

USCGC James and Munroe are already configured with the vendor-agnostic core infrastructure to accept the SUAS. Saylor said on 7 February that this work was not affected by the stop work order. These cutters still need to have the work that is specific to vendor completed.

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