Navy Says Hit Me Again With Blackjack UAS

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June 27, 2016 | Source: Jon Harper, National Defense Magazine

The Navy is expanding its fleet of Blackjack unmanned aerial systems, small rail-launched aircraft used by the Navy and Marines for ISR (intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance) on land and sea.

The service has awarded Insitu a $71.5 million contract for six low-rate initial production Lot V RQ-21A Blackjacks that also covers ground control stations, launch and recovery equipment, shipboard equipment kits, and systems engineering and program management, according to a Defense Department announcement.

The Navy and Marines have been using Blackjacks since 2011 and last July modified an earlier contract to obtain a half-dozen more of the aircraft.