An RQ-21A Blackjack UAV is maneuvered on the flight deck of the amphibious transport dock Mesa Verde after its first flight at sea. (Navy)
Insitu will provide a low-rate initial production RQ-21A Blackjack tactical UAV system for the Navy and Marine Corps under an $8.8 million modification to an existing contract.
Under the contract option with Naval Air Systems Command, Insitu will deliver a Blackjack system, including aircraft, ground control stations, and launch and recovery equipment. Funding will come from the Marine Corps and work is expected to be completed by May.
Insitu won the Navy and Marine Corps Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System contract for the Blackjack in 2010. The 8-foot-long, 81-pound Blackjack cruises at 60 knots and has an endurance of 13 hours. It is designed for quick switching of payloads for land and sea environments. It is equipped with electro-optical and infrared sensors as well as a laser rangefinder.