Since 2008 piracy has become an increased security challenge off of the horn of Africa. Throughout the vast international waters of the Gulf of Aden and the greater Indian Ocean, marine trade transportation, and more importantly, lives are at risk. This was punctuated with the 2009 Somali-piracy incident aboard MV Maersk Alabama. It was the first American-flagged cargo vessel to be hijacked in recent history.
You want to be assured of safe passage through dangerous seas. If you could see over the horizon, you would have advance notice of lurking dangers. Whether an incident occurs over moments or hours, Insitu unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) give you the valuable, timely insight that comes from sufficient warning to ensure decision-making superiority.
Our platforms have supported many anti-piracy missions around the globe. At the time of the 2009 Somali-piracy incident, the ScanEagle® UAS was deployed aboard the nearby navy vessel USS Bainbridge. ScanEagle provided real-time situational awareness during the three-day incident, which ended in the death of three Somali pirates and the safe release of Maersk Alabama Captain Richard Phillips.
In 2012 ScanEagle deployed on Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Charlottetown in the Gulf of Aden. Within the first few days of operation with Combined Task Force 150, the ship, with ScanEagle’s assistance, covertly located a suspicious smaller vessel. The end result was the successful interception of a large illicit narcotics shipment.
Our UAS have been deployed shipboard since 2005, serving navies from around the world, including those from the U.S., Canada, Singapore, Australia and the Netherlands. Whether installed on an offshore patrol vessel, frigate or DDG, launch and recovery systems allow rapid response to changing missions, and are compact enough to be stowed when not in use, so decks remain clear. Our aircraft are recovered safely — without the dangerous task of overflying or flying toward the ship — using the patented SkyHook® recovery system.
Time and time again, agility, precision and endurance align to support anti-piracy missions in Africa.
BINGEN, Wash., May 22, 2013 - Insitu announced today that RQ-21A reached Milestone C under the Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (STUAS) contract with Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR). The achievement will enable the program to transition from the Engineering, Manufacturing and Development (EMD) phase to a Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) phase and enter initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E).more
BRISBANE, Australia, May 14, 2013 - Insitu Pacific, the Australia-based subsidiary of Insitu Inc., announced today that it has delivered a ScanEagle Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) to its partner Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) of Japan. This delivery means that the ScanEagle UAS is now ready for operational use by the Japanese Ground Self Defence Forces (JGSDF).
BINGEN, Wash., April 9, 2013 - Insitu Inc. announced today the successful first maritime flight of the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (STUAS) RQ-21A. The nearly two-hour flight launched from the USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) after three months of land-based development testing and operational assessment.more
BINGEN, Wash., April 9, 2013 - Insitu announced today the launch of its partnership with Santos Lab, a leading/innovative developer and manufacturer of hand launched unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The alliance further demonstrates Insitu's commitment to meeting the diversified needs of the Brazilian Armed Forces by forming strategic, long-term relationships with proven Brazilian companies.more
BINGEN, Wash., Feb. 22, 2012-Insitu Inc. announced today that the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) has awarded the company a Mid-Endurance Unmanned Aircraft Systems (MEUAS) Intelligence Gathering, Target Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Services contract for 26 months through Feb. 28, 2015.more
BINGEN, Wash., Feb. 19, 2013-Insitu announced today the successful first flight of Integrator unmanned aircraft system (UAS) Block 2, the latest technology release of the system.
The nearly two-hour flight occurred at the company's flight test range in eastern Oregon and was conducted using Insitu's Common Open-mission Management Command and Control (ICOMC2) ground control station. ICOMC2 enables flight of multiple heterogeneous UAS and enables U.S. and NATO member nations to jointly support military operations through a STANAG 4586 compliant system. The flight completed with the current Mark 4 Launcher and SkyHook recovery systems that supports expeditionary missions and rapid troop movement.
BINGEN, Wash., Feb 14, 2013-Insitu will showcase its combat-proven tactical intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) products, services and capabilities at the 2013 International Defense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) Feb. 17-21 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center in Abu Dhabi, UAE.more
BRISBANE, Australia, Oct. 30, 2012 - Insitu Pacific, the Australia-based subsidiary of Insitu Inc., announced today that it has successfully completed integration between its ScanEagle Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) and the McQ iScout Unattended Ground Sensor (UGS) and OmniWatch technologies.more
BINGEN, Wash., Oct. 23, 2012- Insitu Inc., announced today that it has signed a long-term licensing agreement with Sentient, located in Melbourne, Australia, to integrate Kestrel land and maritime automated detection software systems into Insitu's Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).more
BINGEN, Wash., Oct. 19, 2012- Insitu Inc., today announced that it donated a ScanEagle unmanned aircraft, which participated in a widely publicized rescue mission in April 2009, to The Museum of Flight in Seattle. The aircraft will be displayed for several weeks in the Museum lobby then withdrawn to be prepared for permanent exhibit in the museum's Great Gallery in 2013.more