ST. LOUIS, April 13 (UPI) -- U.S. company Boeing announced its ScanEagle unmanned aircraft system marked a milestone for its operational life in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Boeing and its Insitu Inc. subsidiary developed the ScanEagle UAS as a joint project to support intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations. Company officials announced the ScanEagle has now flown more than 150,000 hours in Iraq and Afghanistan since its deployment in 2004.
The ScanEagle -- operated by the U.S. Marine Expeditionary Forces, Navy and Special Operations Command, along with the Australian army and Canadian forces -- is equipped with infrared-camera technology and is capable of providing constant ISR support for more than 24 hours at a time.
"We've learned lessons from our extensive ScanEagle operations that have helped us refine the system into a mature ISR asset that is safe, dependable and satisfies the intelligence requirements of our soldiers and sailors," Jim Havard, Boeing ISR Services Marine Corps program manager, said in a statement.
"These 150,000 service hours, along with numerous operational reports from our customers, confirm that ScanEagle has established itself as a critical capability for tactical ISR around the world."