BINGEN, Wash., Jan. 2, 2014 – Insitu announced today the delivery of an RQ-21A Blackjack to the Navy and Marine Corps. This represents the first Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) system delivered under the Navy’s Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (STUAS) contract and enables the program to enter into the initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E) phase.
“This milestone represents the start of another chapter for the Blackjack program, said Ryan Hartman, senior vice president, Insitu programs. “We look forward to entering into IOT&E and receiving operational feedback from the Blackjack end users.”
Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) awarded the STUAS contract to Insitu in 2010 to begin the development of RQ-21A Blackjack, a variant of the company’s Integrator unmanned system. Since that time, the program has progressed at a fast pace, delivering early operational capability to the Marine Corps at their Air Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms in 2011. Land-based developmental testing and operational assessment was completed in 2012 and the first maritime flight took place in early 2013. In May 2013, the Blackjack program reached Milestone C, allowing it to transition from the Engineering, Manufacturing and Development (EMD) phase to the LRIP phase.
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, civil and defense applications. With a small footprint and customer focus for both land and sea operations, the company’s family of UAS solutions and global mission support serves the needs of worldwide customers. To date, these systems have accumulated more than 760,000 operational flight hours and 94,000 sorties. For more information, visit www.insitu.com.
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