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Insitu gets U.S. Navy Blackjack drone contract

The $71 million low-rate initial production contract provides for six of the unmanned aircraft.

By Geoff Ziezulewicz
Insitu gets U.S. Navy Blackjack drone contract
Boeing subsidiary Insitu Inc. has received a $71.5 million U.S. Navy contract for production of Blackjack drones. Photo courtesy Insitu Inc.

WASHINGTON, June 1 (UPI) -- Insitu Inc. has received a $71.5 million firm-fixed-price contract for the production of Lot V RQ-21A Blackjack drones.

Under the contract, Insitu, a Boeing subsidiary, is to provide air vehicle procurement, ground control stations, launch and recovery equipment, shipboard equipment kits, as well as systems engineering and program management.

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Work will be performed in Washington state and Oregon, with an expected completion date of October 2017. Naval Air Systems Command is the contracting activity.

The RQ-21A Blackjack unmanned arial vehicle is a larger twin-tailed follow-on to the ScanEagle UAV and was selected in 2010 to serve the Navy and Marine Corps' needs for a small tactical drone.

The system provides maritime and land-based reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition data collection and dissemination. The Blackjack's open-architecture configuration can integrate new payloads quickly and can carry up to 25 pounds of sensor payloads.

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