Insitu has been awarded a contract to provide small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) ISR services aboard the Coast Guard’s National Security Cutter fleet.
The total value of the service contract is around $117m. As per the contract, Insitu will install and deploy sUAS for 200 hours per 30-days operational patrol period.
Insitu’s ScanEagle will undertake detection, surveillance, classification and identification activities..
It will offer imagery and data in real time, target illumination, communications relay and other capabilities to the fleet and other government platforms, thereby providing support to prosecution.
Insitu has won the contract to provide sUAS ISR services aboard one National Security Cutter, the USCGC STRATTON, in 2016. This January, ScanEagle has already helped the ship’s crew members to confiscate over $1.5bn of cocaine and heroin.
Insitu Defense vice president and general manager Don Williamson said: “When ScanEagle initially deployed with the STRATTON, we recognized what an incredible opportunity we had to partner with the U.S. Coast Guard to bring dynamic improvements to mission effectiveness and change aviation history.”
In April, the US Coast Guard started infrastructure installation. Hardware will be installed on the NSC James later this year; on Munro in late winter 2019; and on Bertholf in late spring or early summer 2019.
Insitu has offices in the US, UK and Australia. It develops and supports unmanned systems and software technology to offer end-to-end solution for collecting, processing and understanding sensor data.
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Credit: Homeland Security
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