Boeing Insitu ScanEagle UAVs sold to Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam
Boeing Insitu ScanEagle UAVs sold to Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam

Boeing Insitu ScanEagle UAVs sold to Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam

Boeing subsidiary Insitu Inc is awarded $47,930,791 contract for 34 ScanEagle unmanned air vehicles for the governments of Malaysia (12); Indonesia (8); Philippines (8); and Vietnam (6). This order combines purchases for the governments of Malaysia ($19,329,334; 40 percent); Philippines ($9,633,665; 20 percent); Vietnam ($9,770,120; 20 percent); and Indonesia ($9,197,672; 20 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales program. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity. In addition, this order provides for spare payloads, spare and repair parts, support equipment, tools, training, technical services, and field service representatives. Work will be performed in Bingen, Washington (77 percent); and multiple shore and at sea locations in Malaysia (9 percent); Philippines (5 percent); Vietnam (5 percent); and Indonesia (4 percent), and is expected to be completed in March 2022.

A Boeing Insitu ScanEagle UAVs in its catapult launcher
A Boeing Insitu ScanEagle UAVs in its catapult launcher

The ScanEagle is a small, long-endurance, low-altitude unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) built by Insitu, a subsidiary of Boeing, and is used for reconnaissance. The ScanEagle continues to receive improvements through upgrades and changes. ScanEagle emerged as the result of a strategic alliance between Boeing and Insitu. The resulting technology has been successful as a portable Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) for autonomous surveillance in the battlefield, and has been deployed since August 2004 in the Iraq War. ScanEagle carries a stabilized electro-optical and/or infrared camera on a lightweight inertial stabilized turret system, and an integrated communications system having a range of over 62 miles (100 km); it has a flight endurance of over 20 hours. ScanEagle needs no airfield for deployment. Instead, it is launched using a pneumatic launcher, patented by Insitu, known as the “SuperWedge” launcher. It is recovered using the “Skyhook” retrieval system, which uses a hook on the end of the wingtip to catch a rope hanging pole.
A Boeing Insitu ScanEagle UAVsis recovered at sea aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Oscar Austin (DDG-79).
A Boeing Insitu ScanEagle UAVsis recovered at sea aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Oscar Austin (DDG-79).
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