A Boeing subsidiary has received approval from the Department of the Navy to begin low rate initial production of a tactical unmanned aircraft system for the Navy and Marine Corps.
Insitu won an engineering manufacturing development contract to build the RQ-21A for the STUAS program in July 2010, the Marine Corps said Tuesday.
“The RQ-21A will provide persistent maritime and land-based tactical reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition data collection and dissemination capabilities,” said Col. Jim Rector, PMA-263 program manager.
DoN intends to purchase up to 36 STUAS systems with five aircraft each.
Insitu derived the aircraft from its Scan Eagle UAS and recently completed developmental flight tests both on land and over sea.
The UAS has flown more than 245,000 hours in support of forward-deployed Navy and Marine Corps forces under a services contract.
RQ-21A drones are also designed to carry a 25-pound payload and contain a catapult launcher, ground control system and a recovery device.