Yet Another Delay for STUAS Tier-II (Photo Courtesy of Insitu)
Well, after the Navy had insisted that the STUAS Tier-II decision would be made this summer, we’re back to mysterious delays yet again. This time, the Navy says they need another nine months. From Flightglobal:
Capt J R Brown, STUAS programme manager, credits the latest delay to taking extra vigilance with taxpayer dollars.
“Discussions have been, and continue to be, required to understand and clarify industry’s proposed solutions to meet the warfighter’s requirements,” Brown says.
It’s been three years now, and we’re still clarifying. This is becoming theater of the absurd.
Read the full article by Stephen Trimble on Flightglobal.com
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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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