Insitu has been awarded a contract to provide unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) services via ScanEagle aboard one Coast Guard National Security Cutter (NSC) with three, one-year options, the company said.
The Coast Guard procured the necessary services through a pre-existing multiple award contract executed by Naval Air Systems Command. The initial USD4.5-million task order includes operation, integration, maintenance and sparing of a contractor-owned sUAS on one NSC for one year. The task order has a total potential value of USD12.3 million that includes options for deployment of and data from prototype sUAS capability for up to three additional years beyond the base year. The Coast Guard will have full ownership of the surveillance data obtained.
The Coast Guard has conducted years of operational demonstrations involving UAS, including ScanEagle. The most recent demonstration utilizing ScanEagle was a multi-partner simulated search and rescue exercise conducted over the Northwest Passage in July 2015.
Insitu is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Boeing Company that creates and supports unmanned systems and software technology that deliver end-to-end solutions for collecting, processing and disseminating information. The company´s systems have accumulated more than 880,000 flight hours and 109,000 sorties.