Insitu Pacific delivers ScanEagle UAS for JGSDF evaluation
Insitu Pacific has delivered the ScanEagle unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to its partner Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) of Japan in preparation for the system’s evaluation by the Japanese Ground Self Defence Force (JGSDF).
Insitu Pacific announced in July 2012 that it had signed a contract to deliver the ScanEagle UAS to MHI for comprehensive operational evaluation by the JGSDF. The testing will take place over the coming 12 months.
JGSDF identified the need for a UAS to assess damage and provide vital real-time information for first responders to natural and man-made disasters in the wake of the country's 2011 earthquake and tsunami crisis. Insitu Pacific has worked closely with Sojitz Corporation and MHI, its partners in Japan, to deliver the ScanEagle UAS in support of this requirement.
Dale McDowall, director of business development, Insitu Pacific, said: ‘The benefits ScanEagle brings to Japan are substantial and this well-proven UAS could help save many lives in the future by getting information into the right hands quickly.
'The ScanEagle will enhance Japan's immediate response capability and we are very pleased to have developed such a great partnership with Sojitz Corporation and MHI of Japan.’
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