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., Aug. 5, 2015 – Launching its ScanEagle unmanned aircraft from Oliktok Point at the North Slope of Alaska, Insitu conducted flight operations for the U.S. Coast Guard 13-15 July. The successful demonstration was part of the Coast Guard Research and Development Center’s Arctic Technology Evaluation 2015 Search and Rescue exercise (SAREX 2015), an event designed to evaluate unmanned technologies in remote area Search and Rescue (SAR) and simulate a collaborative response effort between government and industry entities to an offshore emergency.more
BINGEN, Wash., July 30, 2015 – Under the terms of its latest contract, Insitu will build six RQ-21A Blackjack systems for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. The $78-million Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems (STUAS) Lot IV Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) contract is the latest event in the program’s progression toward the Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) phase.more
BINGEN, Wash., July 17, 2015 – Over the last week, Insitu hosted 20 high school students from around the Columbia River Gorge at its RoboFlight Academy, an aerial robotics summer program aiming to spark interest in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).more
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ODENSE, Denmark, May 28, 2015 – Boeing [NYSE:BA] and its subsidiary Insitu Inc. today successfully conducted the first-ever beyond visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) flights in Denmark under civilian authority. The flights were performed by Insitu’s ScanEagle unmanned aerial system during the Nordic UAS Event, at the Hans Christian Andersen Airport (HCA) in Odense.more
BINGEN, Wash., June 11, 2015 – Insitu is proud to be recognized for the third year in a row as a recipient of the Champions of Veterans Enterprise award for using veteran-owned small businesses in Fiscal Year 2014.more
BRISBANE, Australia, May 15, 2015 – Insitu Pacific, the Australia-based subsidiary of Insitu Inc., announced today that it will demonstrate the Insitu Common Open-mission Management Command and Control (ICOMC2) ground control station at IMDEX – Singapore’s flagship maritime defence event, May 19-21 in Singapore.more
BRISBANE, Australia, May 13, 2015 – Insitu Pacific, the Australia-based subsidiary of Insitu Inc., announced today that it will demonstrate the Insitu Common Open-mission Management Command and Control (ICOMC2) ground control station at MAST – Japan’s maritime systems and technologies event, May 13-15 in Yokohama.more
ST. LOUIS, Apr. 9, 2015 – Boeing [NYSE: BA] has acquired 2d3 Sensing, a wholly owned subsidiary of OMG plc [LON: OMG] specializing in motion imagery processing of critical intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance data generated from aerial platforms.more
BINGEN, Wash., Feb. 25, 2014 – Insitu announced today the successful demonstration of its Integrator unmanned aircraft system during the live flight event at IDEX in Abu Dhabi. The two-day live fly took place on 24 and 25 February at the Al Tareef Airstrip, and was held in conjunction with the Unmanned Systems Exhibition and Conference (UMEX). Integrator performed two flights, showcasing key features and capabilities including ease of transport and set up, small footprint launch and recovery systems and its open-architecture ground control application, ICOMC2.more