Royal Navy invests in Boeing's unmanned maritime surveillance aircraft
The Royal Navy has invested in its unmanned surveillance capabilities after announcing a £30 million deal for Boeing’s ScanEagle. Built by Boeing defence UK subsidiary, Insitu, the unmanned aircraft has a wingspan of 3 metres and weights 22 kilograms and can be launched from navy vessels using a pneumatic catapult. The ScanEagle will aid the Royal Navy in its surveillance operations and has the capability to analyse the data it collects through a sensor system. The ScanEagle is the first maritime-specific unmanned air system capability to be delivered in support of naval operations. It may herald the beginning of a new wave of maritime-based unmanned air systems as surveillance technologies continue to improve and the demand for gather data intensifies. Royal Navy Captain Ian Annett, who was involved with the project, said: “ScanEagle represents an important addition to the Royal Navy’s intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capability. Its ability to
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