Insitu selected as UAS ISR service provider in support of USCG


US-based unmanned aerial systems (UAS) manufacturer Insitu has secured a contract to provide UAS services through ScanEagle aboard the US Coast Guard (USCG) national security cutter (NSC).

The initial $4.5m task order stems from a pre-existing multiple award contract executed by Naval Air Systems Command.

Under the order, the company will provide operation, integration, maintenance and sparing of a contractor-owned sUAS on one NSC for one year.

The contract comes with three additional one-year options, which if exercised will bring the total potential value of the order to $12.3m and will involve deployment of and data from prototype sUAS capability.

Insitus president and CEO Ryan M Hartman said: “Insitu is proud to be the first UAS ISR service provider in support of the Coast Guard.

“ScanEagle's unparalleled record of operations at sea and proven ability to give operators eyes over the horizon will go far in support of the Coast Guard's unique mission sets.”

The USCG has been carrying out operational demonstration using UAS for many years, which included ScanEagle. In 2015, USCG used ScanEagle for search and rescue exercise conducted over the Northwest Passage.

Insitu is a wholly owned subsidiary of Boeing, which manufactures and supports unmanned systems as well as develops software solutions for collecting, processing and disseminating information used for superior decision making.

Image: ScanEagle UAS recovers on the deck of USCGC STRATTON during an operational demonstration. Photo: courtesy of PRNewsFoto/Insitu.