USCG begins installation of UAS on NSC
The US Coast Guard (USCG) has started the installation of a small UAS on USCGC Stratton in Alameda, California, the USCG announced on 11 October.
The coast guard plans to deploy the Insitu ScanEagle UAS on the USCGC Stratton in early 2017. It will use the data to review its strategy for UAS capability acquisition for its national security cutter (NSC) fleet. The UAS will enhance the ability of the NSC to provide persistent tactical airborne surveillance.
The ScanEagle UAS will be operated from the deck of the NSC, with the USCG using surveillance data obtained by the UAS to support its operations, including marine protection, drug interdictions and search and rescue missions.
Insitu received an order from the USCG in June 2016 for the operation and integration of a contractor-owned ScanEagle UAS on the USCGC Stratton for one year.
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