US orders 8 more ScanEagle UAS for Afghan Forces
- April 3, 2018
The Boeing subsidiary Insitu was awarded a $47 million USD contract for the supply and operation of eight ScanEagle unmanned aerial systems for the Afghan Security Forces.
The press release issued on March 28 says the order “provides for the procurement of eight ScanEagle unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), spares, support equipment, one logistician field service representative (FSR); 16 FSR operators to provide ScanEagle UAS technical services; two site surveys and site activation teams; and program management to sustain and operate the ScanEagle UAS in support of the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan under a Building Partnership Capacity case”.
Work is expected to be completed in March 2019. The ScanEagle is an unmanned aerial vehicle with a 10-foot wingspan that provides intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance data to combatant units.
The unmanned aerial system can hover over a target area for over 24 hours at a maximum altitude of 19,500 feet and carry a variety of sensor payloads and other mission gear.
The ScanEagle is designed to be launched from makeshift sites using a catapult and a hook-and-line recovery line, eliminating the need for a runway.