Armed Forces News

The Marine Corps will gain added surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities, in the form of new unmanned aerial vehicles. Seapower magazine reported July 1 that the Naval Air Systems Command awarded Insitu Uinc., of Bingen Wash., a $390.1 million contract to deliver as many as 63 Blackjack and ScanEagle UAS to the Marines and Navy. The Marines have used the Blackjack, designation RQ-21A, during operations in Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq and Libya. ScanEagle has been a cornerstone reconnaissance platform for the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) and foreign nations as well.