Insitu has announced and integrator extended range UAS which aims to alleviate the line of sight barrier for small unmanned aircraft.
The company, a subsidiary of Boeing, made the announcement at the Air Force Association’s annual, Air, Space and Cyber Conference.
The new configuration goes beyond line of sight and is a SATCOM-enabled small UAS capable of ranging modern combat theatres.
The system delivers Group 4 and 5 capabilities in a Group 3 aircraft including extended range operations of 10 hours on station at 200nm and six hours at 300nm.
The new option aims to enable users to save money by augmenting higher cost systems with a small UAS, freeing up the larger strike-capable unmanned assets to conduct more of the kinetic missions for which they were designed.
Esina Alic, Insitu president and CEO, said: “Insitu has always been at the forefront of customer-inspired innovation, and our exceptional team has delivered another ground-breaking capability.”
She added: “High quality, long endurance ISR to include FMV and SIGINT remains one of, if not the most requested and unmet need for the Department of Defence. With our announcement today, all warfighting units and coalition partners can have access to what was once a limited resource, getting this much-needed capability in the hands of the war fighter at a fraction of the cost of any current system available today.”