ScanEagle UAV Surpasses 10,000 Combat Flight Hours
01 Mar 2006
Boeing announced that the ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has surpassed 10,000 combat flight hours in less than two years supporting U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Navy operations.
Since being deployed with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force in August 2004, ScanEagle has completed 8,900 combat flight hours in Iraq. Deployed with the U.S Navy since July 2005, ScanEagle has amassed 1,600 hours supporting Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) missions and conducting oil platform security in the Persian Gulf.
ScanEagle is a four-feet long UAV developed by Boeing and The Insitu Group as a low-cost ISR platform The vehicle can remain on station for more than 15 hours, can fly above 16,000 feet and is capable of flying in harsh weather conditions. ScanEagle carries either an electro-optical or an infrared camera.
The Boeing/Insitu team received a contract from the U.S. Marine Corps in July 2004 to provide two ScanEagle "mobile deployment units." That contract was renewed in July 2005. In April 2005, the U.S. Navy signed a USD 14.5 million contract with Boeing and Insitu to provide ISR coverage during Naval Expeditionary Strike Group missions and security for oil platforms in the Persian Gulf. A USD 13 million contract modification was awarded in September 2005 to provide ScanEagle system support for Navy high-speed vessels and an afloat forward staging base.