RQ-21A Blackjack

RQ-21A Blackjack flies off the USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) during ship testing July 2013. (Insitu, Inc. courtesy photo)

The RQ-21A Blackjack provides the warfighter with dedicated day and night Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) coverage, target acquisition, and communication relay via a dedicated and cost effective airborne sensor system capable of delivering actionable intelligence to the tactical commander in real time. The expeditionary nature of the Blackjack, which does not require a runway for launch and recovery, makes it possible to deploy with minimal footprint from both austere land-based and shipboard environments.


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Group 1 Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems


Group 1 Small UAS are back-packable and used for 'over-the-hill' intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR). With manual operator control or via a preprogrammed route of flight and uses onboard sensors and communications equipment to gather and transmit imagery of the objective area back to the ground control station and remote video receive terminals.

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Close Range UAS


The Navy and Marine Corps use close range services to support ISR capability gaps across the Department of Defense. This is currently performed with Insitu's ScanEagle, and Textron Systems Unmanned Systems’ Aerosonde, and PAE’s Resolute Eagle. These services provide Overseas Contingency Operations surge assets with an organic, tactical-level ISR asset to support full-spectrum operations.

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