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Insitu receives contract for Afghan ScanEagle UAS services

Insitu is being awarded a $19.6 million delivery order as part of a previous agreement for ScanEagle unmanned aerial systems for the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

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Stephen Carlson
A ScanEagle unmanned aircraft is pictured mounted on it's launch catapult. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Marine Corps.
A ScanEagle unmanned aircraft is pictured mounted on it's launch catapult. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Marine Corps.

July 26 (UPI) -- Insitu is being awarded a $19.6 million delivery order as part of a previous agreement for ScanEagle unmanned aerial systems for the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

The order will deliver five ScanEagles along with their support equipment, operators, spare parts, site activation services and management for the operation of the UAS in Afghanistan.

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The work will primarily be conducted in Afghanistan and Bingen, Wash. with a projected completion date of April 2018. The order is being covered under Afghan Security Forces funding.

The ScanEagle is an unmanned aerial vehicle with a 10-foot wingspan that provides intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance data with high endurance.

It can loiter over a target area for over 24 hours at a maximum altitude of 19,500 feet and carry a variety of sensor payloads and other mission gear. It is designed to be launched from makeshift sites using a catapult and a hook-and-line recovery line so it does not require a runway.

Insitu also operates the U.S. Special Operations Command's MEUAS program using ScanEagles under a contractor-run fee-for-service model for ISTAR services. The ScanEagle MEUAS program has been in service since 2004 when it was first introduced in Iraq.

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