Insitu Pacific Announces Contract for ScanEagle UAS with MHI of JapanTweet
BRISBANE, Australia, July 11, 2012 - Insitu Pacific, the Australia-based affiliate of Insitu Inc., announced today that it has signed a contract to deliver ScanEagle unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) for comprehensive operational evaluation by the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF). The UAS will be operated by the JGSDF to assist in disaster recovery and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions.
“Insitu Pacific is very pleased to partner with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in the provision of the ScanEagle UAS for evaluation by Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force. MHI has substantial experience and capability in the aerospace domain, and the JGSDF has a track record of acquiring only world-class combat systems,” said Insitu Pacific Managing Director Andrew Duggan. “The well proven ScanEagle UAS will substantially improve the real-time ISR picture for JGSDF's UAS operators and commanders alike.”
Insitu Pacific, located in Queensland, Australia, has provided UAS services to defence, civil and commercial interests in the Asia-Pacific region since June 2009. It is a subsidiary of U.S.-based Insitu Inc.
Insitu Inc., located in Bingen, Wash., is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company. Insitu designs, develops and manufactures UAS and provides associated services for commercial and military applications. With a small footprint and expeditionary focus for both land and sea operations, the company's family of UAS solutions serves the needs of the global defence community. To date, these systems have accumulated nearly 616,000 combat flight hours and 68,000 sorties. For more information, visit www.insitu.com.