(Navy photo by Capt. Gary Loten-Beckford)

Insitu’s ScanEagle to Provide Small UAS ISR Services Aboard Entire USCG National Security Cutter Fleet

After being awarded a United States Coast Guard (USCG) contract award, Insitu’s ScanEagle UAS will be used to provide small UAS ISR services aboard the entire U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter fleet.

Valued at approximately $117 million, the service contract covers the installation and deployment of small UAS for 200 hours per 30-day operational patrol period. ScanEagle will be used for a variety of tasks, including conducting surveillance, detection, classification and identification operations.

The UAS will also be used to “support prosecution” by providing real-time imagery, data, target illumination, communications relay and other capabilities to the fleet, as well as other government platforms as needed.

Just two years ago, Insitu won the contract to provide small UAS ISR services aboard one National Security Cutter, the USCGC STRATTON. By January of this year, ScanEagle had directly assisted the ship’s crews in seizing more than $1.5 billion of cocaine and heroin, as it played a major role in the USCG’s record-breaking year for drug busts in 2017.

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