Insitu Offers Integrator UAV for Surveillance Services
By RICHARD R. BURGESS, Managing Editor
ARLINGTON, Va. — Insitu, builder of the long-serving ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicle used by numerous military and naval services for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), is this year offering the larger Integrator UAV for ISR services.
“This year is the first year that we have offered Integrator for ISR services,” said Ryan M. Hartman, Insitu president and chief executive officer, speaking Aug. 2 to reporters in a teleconference in celebration of the company’s hitting 1 million flight hours for its three UAVs — ScanEagle, Integrator, and RQ-21A Blackjack, the latter a derivative of the Integrator.
“We see Integrator as being a solution that enables even more multi-intelligence capabilities than what we are able to offer for ScanEagle and we see that system supporting some complex warfighter requirements that we know we need to offer for ISR services. We are excited for an opportunity to start using Integrator in ISR services some time over the coming year,” he said.
Insitu flew its first operational ScanEagle sortie in 2004 providing ISR services for the Marine Corps in combat in Iraq. The company’s 1 millionth hour, accrued last month, was flown by a Marine Corps RQ-21A Blackjack.
In addition to providing contract ISR services, Insitu, a Boeing company, sells UAVs to military and civilian organizations. The Marine Corps and Navy have acquired Blackjack systems, and U.S. Special Operations Command has acquired some ScanEagles.
Hartman said that ScanEagles and Blackjacks are deployed today on 10 naval vessels. Also this year, the Coast Guard national security cutter Stratton became the “first cutter to deploy with a small unmanned aerial system [ScanEagle] for an entire patrol,” an Aug. 1 Insitu release said.