Insitu Celebrates 30 Years of Uncrewed Aircraft Innovation Excellence at Sea-Air-Space

BINGEN, Wash., April 8, 2024 – Insitu, A Boeing Company, is proud to announce its 30th anniversary this week at The Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Conference & Exhibition in National Harbor, Maryland. The celebration will continue throughout the year as Insitu reflects on three decades of autonomous flight experience and historic moments while building the future of long-endurance, field-proven Uncrewed Aircraft Systems (UAS).

Founded in 1994, Insitu is a pioneer in the modular, runway-independent, small, tactical UAS market. Insitu’s uncrewed solutions are designed to be multi-mission capable to support a broad range of customer needs and allow warfighters to make quicker, more informed decisions at every level of command.

Insitu UAS have been flying real-world customer missions since 2004, with more than 1.4 million operational hours over land and at sea. ScanEagle alone has flown more than 166,000 sorties for customers around the world.

“The understanding we have gained over 30 years, from strengthening logistics and supply chains to building strong partnerships, to technology design, adds significant value to the products we offer,” said Insitu President and CEO Diane Rose. “Our longstanding customer relationships give us a deep understanding of their CONOPS to help us drive technology that truly supports their mission success. We want to convey our humble gratitude for the opportunity to assist with their missions across the globe,” she added.

Important historic milestones for Insitu UAS:

1994
  • Founded in Bingen, Washington.
1998
  • Insitu UAV completes the first-ever uncrewed transatlantic flight.
2003
  • ScanEagles demonstrate ability to ‘swarm’.
2004
  • ScanEagle deployed in Iraq to support USMC.
2007
  • Insitu announces Integrator UAS.
2009
  • ScanEagle supports the rescue of Capt. Phillips from the Maersk Alabama hijacking.
  • Insitu Pacific office opens in Queensland, Australia.
2010
  • ScanEagle fully controlled by airborne C2 aboard an AWACS aircraft. 
2012
  • ScanEagle surpasses 600,000 combat flight hours with 99% readiness rate.
2013
  • ScanEagle is the first UAV to conduct FAA-approved commercial beyond-line-of-sight (BLOS) flight in the US National Airspace System.
2016
  • RQ-21A Blackjack deploys in support of USMC 22nd MEU.
2017
  • USCGC Stratton is the first USCG cutter to deploy with small UAS (ScanEagle) for an entire patrol.
  • ScanEagle demonstrates Manned/Unmanned Teaming (MUM-T) capabilities with Boeing AH-64 Apache at Avalon Airshow.
2018
  • SATCOM-based Integrator Extended Range announced.
2019
  • USCG orders full deployment of ScanEagle across National Security Cutter (NSC) fleet by end of 2020.
2020
  • USCG ScanEagle program awarded Group 3 Program of the Year by DHS.
  • Full deployment of ScanEagle across USCG NSC fleet achieved.
2021
  • First Integrator ER delivered to international customer.
2022
  • Armed Forces of Ukraine begin ScanEagle Operation.
  • First Integrator ER flight supporting US forces overseas.
  • First Integrator VTOL flight aboard US Navy Ship.
2023
  • Longest operational Integrator flight with a 25.5-hour sortie.
  • Common Ground Control Station delivered to first international customer.
  • Insitu announces kinetics capabilities for Integrator UAS.
Today
  • More than 40 customers in 35 countries worldwide choose Insitu UAS to meet their Intelligence Surveillance Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) needs.

Insitu’s current UAV product line includes ScanEagle, ScanEagle2, Integrator, and Integrator Extended Range, all VTOL-capable with the Flying Launch and Recovery System (FLARES). Its full suite of command, control, and data processing solutions includes INEXA Control, TacitView, Catalina, Tungsten SDK, and Common Ground Control Stations. Payloads and capabilities include multi-spectral sensors, electro-optical telescope and zoom cameras, SIGINT and electronic warfare, communications relay, AI-assisted wide-area maritime search, laser pointer/rangefinder/designator, and kinetics.

The future of autonomy is built on experience. Learn more at Insitu.com.

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