NAVAIR

STUAS

PMA-263 is NAVAIR's program office for Navy and Marine Corps Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System. The program office manages STUAS, Shadow and Raven programs of record and is also resposible for manging intelligence, reconaissance and surveillance (ISR) services, T-Hawk and Wasp programs.

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U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kirk N. Humes, a maintainer with Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron (VMU) 2, catches a RQ-21A Blackjack at Atlantic Field, N.C., April 1. VMU-2 conducted an early capability flight to train Marines with the new system before deploying in late April. (U.S. Marine Corps photo)
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kirk N. Humes, a maintainer with Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron (VMU) 2, catches a RQ-21A Blackjack at Atlantic Field, N.C., April 1. VMU-2 conducted an early capability flight to train Marines with the new system before deploying in late April. (U.S. Marine Corps photo)

Lance Cpl. Nathan Bush uses the hand controller of the Puma to fly a surveillance mission at Patrol Base Boldak March 2, 2013. The hand controller allows the Marines to maneuver the aerial vehicle while it is in flight. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Bobby J. Yarbrough)
Lance Cpl. Nathan Bush uses the hand controller of the Puma to fly a surveillance mission at Patrol Base Boldak March 2, 2013. The hand controller allows the Marines to maneuver the aerial vehicle while it is in flight. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Bobby J. Yarbrough)

Electronics Technician 3rd Class Mitch Marema, assigned to Commander, Task Group 56.7.4, Coastal Riverine Squadron 4, launches a Puma AE unmanned aerial vehicle from a Riverine Command Boat (RCB), at-sea. RCBs provide a multi-mission platform for the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of responsibility by focusing on maritime security operations, maritime infrastructure protection, and theater security cooperation efforts, as well as conduct offensive combat operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Peter Lewis)
Electronics Technician 3rd Class Mitch Marema, assigned to Commander, Task Group 56.7.4, Coastal Riverine Squadron 4, launches a Puma AE unmanned aerial vehicle from a Riverine Command Boat (RCB), at-sea. RCBs provide a multi-mission platform for the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of responsibility by focusing on maritime security operations, maritime infrastructure protection, and theater security cooperation efforts, as well as conduct offensive combat operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Peter Lewis)

<p>Lance Cpl. Andrew Herring launches the Puma during an operation at Patrol Base Boldak March 4, 2013. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Bobby J. Yarbrough)</p>

Lance Cpl. Andrew Herring launches the Puma during an operation at Patrol Base Boldak March 4, 2013. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Bobby J. Yarbrough)


An RQ-21A Blackjack is recovered at a test range in Boardman, Oregon, early December 2013 during the Navy and Marine Corps acceptance testing. (Insitu, Inc. courtesy photo)
An RQ-21A Blackjack is recovered at a test range in Boardman, Oregon, early December 2013 during the Navy and Marine Corps acceptance testing. (Insitu, Inc. courtesy photo)

An RQ-21A Blackjack is launched at a test range in Boardman, Oregon, early December 2013 during the Navy and Marine Corps acceptance testing. The system is the first low-rate initial production lot to be produced by industry partner Insitu, Inc. (Insitu, Inc. courtesy photo)
An RQ-21A Blackjack is launched at a test range in Boardman, Oregon, early December 2013 during the Navy and Marine Corps acceptance testing. The system is the first low-rate initial production lot to be produced by industry partner Insitu, Inc. (Insitu, Inc. courtesy photo)

The RQ-21A Small Tactical Unmanned Air System flies over NAWS China Lake, Calif., during its initial developmental test flight Sept. 10, 2012. (U.S. Navy Photo)
The RQ-21A Small Tactical Unmanned Air System flies over NAWS China Lake, Calif., during its initial developmental test flight Sept. 10, 2012. (U.S. Navy Photo)

The Navy and Marine Corps RQ-21A Blackjack small tactical unmanned aircraft system takes its first flight from Webster Field Annex, an outlying field to Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., June 12, 2013. (U.S. Navy photo)
The Navy and Marine Corps RQ-21A Blackjack small tactical unmanned aircraft system takes its first flight from Webster Field Annex, an outlying field to Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., June 12, 2013. (U.S. Navy photo)

Operators load the RQ-21A Blackjack small tactical unmanned aircraft system onto the launcher in preparation for its first flight from Webster Field Annex, an outlying field to Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., June 12, 2013. (U.S. Navy photo)
Operators load the RQ-21A Blackjack small tactical unmanned aircraft system onto the launcher in preparation for its first flight from Webster Field Annex, an outlying field to Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., June 12, 2013. (U.S. Navy photo)

Members of the RQ-21A Small Tactical Unmanned Air System (STUAS) test team transport the RQ-21A Blackjack across the flight deck of the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) after its first flight at sea Feb. 10, 2013. (U.S. Navy photo)
Members of the RQ-21A Small Tactical Unmanned Air System (STUAS) test team transport the RQ-21A Blackjack across the flight deck of the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) after its first flight at sea Feb. 10, 2013. (U.S. Navy photo)

The RQ-21A Blackjack small tactical unmanned aircraft system is recovered with the flight recovery apparatus cable on the flight deck of the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) after its first flight at sea Feb. 10, 2013. (U.S. Navy photo)
The RQ-21A Blackjack small tactical unmanned aircraft system is recovered with the flight recovery apparatus cable on the flight deck of the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) after its first flight at sea Feb. 10, 2013. (U.S. Navy photo)

<p>Navy and Insitu personnel prepare to launch the RQ-21A Small Tactical Unmanned Air System (STUAS) from the flight deck of the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) for its first flight at sea in the Gulf of Mexico Feb. 10, 2013. (U.S. Navy photo)</p>

Navy and Insitu personnel prepare to launch the RQ-21A Small Tactical Unmanned Air System (STUAS) from the flight deck of the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) for its first flight at sea in the Gulf of Mexico Feb. 10, 2013. (U.S. Navy photo)