In­situ Scanea­gle set for Aus­tralian Navy

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In­situ Pa­cific will in­stall and run sev­eral of its ScanEa­gle un­manned air­craft ve­hi­cle sys­tems on Aus­tralian Navy frigates start­ing in Septem­ber. In­situ Pa­cific, the Aus­tralian af­fil­i­ate of Boe­ing’s In­situ Inc., said the naval in­stal­la­tions ex­pand a sim­i­lar con­tract with the army for land-launched ScanEa­gle sys­tems.

“These tri­als will en­able the navy to ex­am­ine the is­sues af­fect­ing an em­barked UAS ca­pa­bil­ity and to de­ter­mine the in­stal­la­tion re­quire­ments on board our ves­sels,” the navy’s de­vel­op­ment project man­ager Lt. Cmdr. Bob Ferry said.

“The navy’s en­dorsed avi­a­tion vi­sion, NA2020, is to have a UAS-ded­i­cated unit by 2020 and these UAS tri­als are an im­por­tant step to­wards achiev­ing that vi­sion.”

“The Aus­tralian Army has suc­cess­fully op­er­ated ScanEa­gle for more than 45,000 hours in sup­port of land op­er­a­tions in Iraq and Afghanistan,” In­situ Pa­cific Manag­ing Di­rec­tor An­drew Duggan said.

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