Insitu to Build UAVs for US, Int’l Clients Under $390M Contract

Jeff Brody

Boeing's (NYSE: BA) Insitu subsidiary has landed a potential three-year, $390.4M contract to manufacture 80 RQ-21A Blackjack unmanned aerial vehicles to the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and three foreign military sales clients.

Insitu will also supply 93 ScanEagle UAVs and provide operations support, install hardware and implement engineering change proposals as part of the firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract, the Department of Defense said Friday.

Eighty-three percent of work will take place in Bingen, Wash., and the rest in other locations within and outside the continental U.S. The Pentagon expects contract work to be complete by June 2022.

Naval Air Systems Command is the contracting activity and will obligate $9.9M at the time of award.

Blackjack is designed to carry electro-optic/infrared payloads and operate for up to 16 hours, while ScanEagle is built to reach an altitude of 19.5K feet and deploy through a catapult launcher.

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