ScanEagle VTOL
ScanEagle VTOL

The UAS that invented the agile ISR category,
Now with VTOL

ScanEagle paired with FLARES VTOL brings the smallest possible operational footprint
while preserving maximum endurance and best-in-class, modular, payload capability.


ScanEagle’s 18+ hours of endurance carrying 11 lbs of Insitu best-in-class payloads means you’ll never lose sight of what’s most important.

Small Footprint

FLARES Vertical Take-off and Landing kit requires minimal deck or land space and requires zero aircraft modifications.

Truly Mobile

ScanEagle VTOL system enables rapid repositioning and operation in tight spaces. Transportable via standard pickup truck or cargo van and ready to launch within 30 minutes.

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FLARES Specifications

  • Max ScanEagle weight 62 lb (28 kg)
Temperature Range
  • -20º to +45º C
Wind Range
  • 0-30 knots
  • 10 knot gusts
Full Mission Set Packout
  • 463L pallet: 108 x 88 x 62 in
    (2.74 x 2.24 x 1.57 m)

ScanEagle Specifications

Size and Weight
  • Max takeoff weight: 58 lb / 26.5 kg
  • Max payload weight: 11 lb / 5 kg
  • Payload power: up to 150 W
  • Length: 5.6ft / 1.71m
  • Wingspan: 10.2 ft / 3.1 m
Sensor and Data Options
  • Turret: EO, EO950 (EO camera and EO telescope), MWIR, Dual Imager (EO and MWIR)
  • Video Datalink: Analog, digital encrypted
  • C2 Datalink: Encrypted, unencrypted
  • Endurance: 18 hours
  • Ceiling: 19,500 ft / 5,950 m
  • Max horizontal speed: 80 knots / 41.2 m/s
  • Engine: Heavy fuel (JP-5 or JP 8) or C-10 gasoline engine

How does ScanEagle with VTOL work?


FLARES mated with ScanEagle climbs vertically to altitude (500′ AGL), dashes into the wind, and releases ScanEagle into fixed-wing flight (<5 minutes).

  • FLARES returns to land/ship launch point
  • In case of an aborted launch, FLARES returns and lands vertically with ScanEagle still attached.

FLARES takes off vertically tethered, hosting capture rope into the air (~300′). ScanEagle catches on vertical line via wing hook (<5 min)

  • FLARES descends as the capture rope is wheeled onto the winch in MARS (Mast Augmented Recovery System) and ScanEagle settles onto the top of the mast.
  • Unloaded FLARES lands.

Full Range, Endurance, and Capacity

ScanEagle with VTOL offers 18+ hours of endurance carrying 11 lb of Insitu’s best-in-class modular payloads. Range and endurance enable persistent detection, classification, and tracking.

Increased Portability and Self-Sufficiency

ScanEagle with VTOL enables rapid repositioning and operation in tight spaces on land or ship.

Available for Current ScanEagle Customers

FLARES VTOL kit works with existing ScanEagle UAS.

Common Ground Control Station

Small, modular, and expandable GCS with multiple configurations minimizes footprint and maximizes compatibility. Also controls non-Insitu UAV.

Trusted Performance

With over 1.3 million operational hours, ScanEagle has been continuously deployed on land since 2004 and at sea since 2005. ScanEagle is truly battle-tested – deployed around the globe, flying in the harshest environments for a variety of US and international partners.


Compliant with relevant NATO and industry standards to allow interoperability across joint, coalition, and allied forces.

Payload Flexibility

Field-swappable payloads can be rapidly reconfigured to support a wide range of missions—electronic warfare, ISR, comms relay, overwatch and targeting.

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