Insitu Delivers STUAS Capability to Marines
- Cross-institutional teams commence early operations
Insitu Inc. announced today that it has delivered and flown one of two Integrator Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) that will provide the U.S. Marine Corps an early operational capability for the Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (STUAS) program.
"The Integrator system delivery at Twentynine Palms, just less than a year-and-a-half post-contract award, is a reflection of our commitment to STUAS and our commitment to the U.S. Marine Corps," said Insitu Senior Vice President of Integrator Programs Bill Clark. "We continue to be grateful for the opportunity to support the warfighter with cost-effective and ever-increasing ISR capability."
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The STUAS program was awarded to Insitu for its Integrator UAS in July 2010 to provide persistent maritime and land-based tactical intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance data collection and dissemination capabilities to the warfighter. Just six months after contract award, the first operational assessment was completed and the Marine Corps elected to obtain an early operational capability.
The Marines are acquiring the first system through a Government-Owned, Contractor-Operated (GOCO) business arrangement. The Marines will own the system at Twentynine Palms while Insitu Field Service Representatives (FSRs), who have accumulated more than 575,000 combat flight hours with the ScanEagle UAS, will operate and maintain it.
"The Marine Corps was in a position to take advantage of the Early Operational Capability (EOC) of the Insitu Integrator UAS that was demonstrated during our initial operational assessment at Yuma Proving Grounds in January and February 2011. This EOC system at Twentynine Palms will optimize the predeployment training and exercises for the Marines prior to their arrival in OEF or any other AOR. We also have the additional benefit of being able to capture flight/system data, Reliability, Maintainability, and Availability (RMA) data, feeding that knowledge quickly back into the development of RQ-21A Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (STUAS) Program of Record (POR). Along with providing our Marines the optimal training prior to deployment, this will reduce risk on the STUAS program," said COL James Rector, U.S.Marine Corps, PMA-263 Program Manager.
A second system was delivered to NAVAIR earlier this month.
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Source : Insitu