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‘Digital’ Scan Eagle conducts first mission in Dutch service

27th June 2013 - 10:24 GMT | by Pieter Bastiaans in Breda


The Royal Netherlands Army has conducted its first official mission with the digital Insitu Scan Eagle UAS at Deelen military airport near Arnhem. 

The mission was flown by 107 Aerial Systems Battery of the Joint ISTAR Command (JISTARC) on 26 June.

The latest system differs from its analogue predecessor in having a digital datalink and an upgraded engine which makes it better suited for land-based operations. 

The JISTARC also uses a single analogue ‘interim-interim’ system which is not certified to operate over land because of the frequency range of its datalink conflicting with civilian telecommunications.

The latest system uses a

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Pieter Bastiaans


Pieter Bastiaans

A resident from Breda, the Netherlands, Pieter Bastiaans is an independent defence correspondent and photographer …

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