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. PMA-263 is overseen by the Program Executive Officer for Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons (PEO(U&W)).
The RQ-21A Blackjack, formerly known as RQ-21A STUAS, was selected in 2010 for procurement by the Navy and Marine Corps to fill the requirement for a small tactical unmanned aircraft system. The system provides persistent maritime and land-based tactical reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition (RSTA) data collection and dissemination capabilities to the warfighter. The air vehicle’s open-architecture configuration can integrate new payloads quickly and can carry sensor payloads as heavy as 25 pounds.More Information