Boeing ScanEagle UAV Surpasses 1000 Flight Hours in Iraq
Boeing ScanEagle UAV
Surpasses 1000 Flight Hours in Iraq
Saint Louis, Missouri -- (Boeing)
November 11, 2004 --
ScanEagle, a long-endurance fully autonomous unmanned aerial vehicle
developed by Boeing [NYSE:BA] and The Insitu group, this week surpassed 1,000
flight hours during operations in Iraq .
A ScanEagle UAV sits on its launcher
prior to a mission in Iraq. ScanEagle is a long-endurance autonomous UAV
developed by Boeing and The Insitu Group. The UAV is used to loiter over trouble
spots and provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance data or
Since late summer when ScanEagle was first deployed in
theater with the First Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF), the UAV has provided
critical intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) information to
tactical commanders. Boeing received a contract from the U.S. Marine Corps in
July to provide two ScanEagle “mobile deployment units” for use with the
“Reaching 1,000 hours in such a short period of time is
the result of ScanEagle's long-endurance capability, as well as the Marine's
heavy reliance on the system due to its unique ISR value,” said Dave Martin,
ScanEagle program manager. “Another plus is that ScanEagle has been able to
operate in a harsh weather environment, including high winds, which have kept
other UAVs on the ground.”
Feedback regarding ScanEagle's operational effectiveness and
clear, detailed imagery has been extremely positive from all echelons of The
Marine Corps. ScanEagle has proven to be reliable in all weather conditions, and
the information provided has been well received by Battalion Combat Operations
Each ScanEagle mobile deployment unit consists of several
UAVs and computers, communication links and ground equipment necessary to
provide ISR support during operational missions .
Due to its unique launch and recovery systems, ScanEagle
takeoff and landings are unaffected by terrain and other conditions. ScanEagle
is launched autonomously via a pneumatic wedge catapult launcher and flies
pre-programmed or operator-initiated missions. It is retrieved using a “Skyhook”
system in which the UAV catches a rope hanging from a 50-foot high pole. The
patented system allows ScanEagle to be runway independent with a small footprint
for launch and recovery operations.
ScanEagle is four-feet long with a 10-foot wingspan. For a
vehicle of its size, ScanEagle's endurance/payload combination is unmatched. The
ScanEagle “A-15” -- the current model -- can remain on station for more than 15
hours. Future planned variants will have an endurance of more than 30 hours.
Phantom Works, the advanced research and development unit and
catalyst of innovation for the Boeing enterprise, is assisting in the
development of ScanEagle. Through its Integrated Defense Advanced Systems group,
it provides leading edge systems and technology solutions to Boeing Integrated
Defense Systems, one the world's largest space and defense businesses.
A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing
Systems is one of the world's largest space and defense businesses.
Headquartered in St. Louis , Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is a $27 billion
business. It provides network-centric system solutions to its global military,
government, and commercial customers. It is a leading provider of intelligence,
surveillance and reconnaissance systems ; the world's largest military aircraft
manufacturer; the world's largest satellite manufacturer and a leading provider
of space-based communications; the primary systems integrator for U.S. missile
defense and Department of Homeland Security ; NASA's largest contractor; and a
global leader in launch services.
The Insitu Group, located in Bingen, Wash., develops
miniature robotic aircraft for commercial and military applications. Insitu,
which introduced the first UAV to cross the Atlantic Ocean , developed its
Seascan UAV to serve the commercial fishing industry for fish spotting, and is
developing vehicles for other commercial applications. For more information
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