Insitu Inc. announced today that the Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (STUAS) Integrator completed its first Operational Assessment (OA-1), a critical milestone in the STUAS program execution.
During OA-1, the STUAS Integrator system flew mission scenarios designed to assess operational suitability of the current Integrator UAS.
The STUAS program was awarded to Insitu for its Integrator UAS in July 2010 to provide persistent maritime and land-based tactical intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance data collection and dissemination capabilities to the war fighter. The STUAS contract gives NAVAIR the opportunity to exercise an early operational capability. A favorable operational assessment could mean delivery of a number of Integrator systems to the U.S. Marine Corps before the year’s end.
“Completing the operational assessment demonstrates a level of system maturity. We know how Integrator will likely perform in the field,” said Insitu Vice President of Programs and STUAS Program Manager Bill Clark. “Now we can optimize our STUAS design as we finish integrating new technologies and requirements into the system.”
Insitu Inc., located in Bingen, Wash., is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company. Insitu designs, develops and manufactures UAS and provides associated services for commercial and military applications. With a small footprint and expeditionary focus for both land and sea operations, the company’s family of UAS solutions serves the needs of the global defense community. To date, these systems have accumulated more than 450,000 combat flight hours and 57,000 sorties.