Aircraft major, The Boeing Company’s BA subsidiary, Insitu Inc. recently secured a modification contract to exercise an option for the procurement of full-rate production of one Lot I RQ-21A Blackjack Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). The procurement will be done for the Marine Corps.
Details of the Deal
Valued at $8 million, the contract was awarded by the Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, MD. Per the terms, the UAS will consist of air vehicles, ground control stations, launch and recovery equipment, air vehicle support equipment kit, and systems engineering and program management.
Majority of the work related to the deal will be carried out in Bingen, WA while the rest will be done in Hood River, OR. Fiscal 2017 aircraft procurement (Marine Corps) funds will be utilized to finance the work, which is expected to be over by Jan 2018.
A Brief Note on Blackjack UAS
The RQ-21A Blackjack system is a modular, versatile and multi-mission capable UAS that provides rapid transitions between land and maritime environments. The aircraft can safeguard military bases and activities through a pattern of life identification and explosive device detection.
Its electro-optic/infrared (EO/IR) payloads support real-time monitoring to provide indications and threat warnings while its plug-and-play payloads enable multi-intelligence capability to support a broad range of operations.
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