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DSEI 2013: Doubts cast over ScanEagle entry to service

9th September 2013 - 17:17 GMT | by Beth Stevenson in London


A Royal Navy officer has cast doubt over the ability of the service and contractor Insitu to get the ScanEagle UAV into service as quickly as originally hoped.

Blaming a ‘lack of man power’, Lt Cdr Pete Whitehead of Navy Command, told the DSEI UAS conference in London that the contractor-operated, contractor-owned (COCO) mechanism under which the platform was acquired in June was aimed at speeding up the start of operations, but lack of personnel is hampering the process.

‘We are in the process of procuring the ScanEagle under an urgent operational requirement,’ Whitehead explained. ‘The problem, and what drove

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Beth Stevenson


Beth Stevenson

Beth is a former senior reporter for Digital Battlespace and Unmanned Vehicles magazines. Beth graduated …

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