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Crunch time for RQ-21A Blackjack

24th June 2016 - 16:00 GMT | by Grant Turnbull in London

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The US Navy and US Marine Corps (USMC) is preparing for a busy few months as its newest small UAS, the RQ-21A Blackjack, is approved for full-rate production and is set for its first shipboard deployment this summer.

In support of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), the Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 2 (VMU-2) has already taken delivery of RQ-21A systems and is expected to deploy in the next few months.

The USMC has already deployed the RQ-21A as an Early Operational Capability (EOC) to support overseas combat operations in 2014, achieving 121 flights and 995 flight hours.

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Grant Turnbull was the editor of Land Warfare International and Digital Battlespace magazines with Shephard …

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