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STUAS Watch – Smoke or Fire?

Integrator

Pictured is the "Integrator", Insitu's offering in the STUAS competition

If you haven’t heard, the Navy is hosting a little competition known as Small Tactical Unmanned Air Systems (STUAS), Tier II.  At stake are around a billion dollars in business over 10 years, and de facto leadership in the small UAV market segment within DoD.   Insitu (a PNDC member) of Bingen, WA has a lot riding on this competition.  Here in the Northwest, a boatload of Insitu subcontractors have grown up with the company’s Scan Eagle UAV.  Quite a few of them are holding their breath for a long overdue decision from the Navy on the fate of the Integrator, Insitu’s entry in the STUAS Tier II competition.   The Navy originally intended to make a final decision in 2007, but the decision has been slipping to the right for what feels like an eternity, with no hint at when a final call will be made.  Until now?

One of our eagle-eyed members picked up a quote from Insitu CEO Steve Sliwa, buried in an article in The Oregonian dated 17 April.  Here’s an excerpt from the article:

“Sliwa said his attention is focused these days on a Pentagon decision, expected within 30 days, about expanding its use of unmanned robotic aircraft.”

Is the Navy preparing to make a decision?  I, for one, have no idea.  As they say over at Fox News: we report, you decide.

Read the full article from The Oregonian here.

PS:  There are also a couple of interesting nuggets about Insitu’s facilities for those of you who follow the company closely.

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