Insitu Pacific Delivers ScanEagle UAS for the Japanese Ground Self Defense
BRISBANE, Australia, May 14, 2013
BRISBANE, Australia, May 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Insitu Pacific, the
Australia-based subsidiary of Insitu Inc., announced today that it has
delivered a ScanEagle Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) to its partner Mitsubishi
Heavy Industries (MHI) of Japan. This delivery means that the ScanEagle UAS is
now ready for operational use by the Japanese Ground Self Defence Forces
The system delivery follows a contract signing last year with MHI to deliver
ScanEagle to JGSDF.
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. This
requirement has since become a top priority for the Japanese government, and
Insitu Pacific has worked closely with Sojitz Corporation and Mitsubishi Heavy
Industries, its partners in Japan, to deliver the ScanEagle UAS in support of
"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," said Insitu Pacific Director of Business Development,
Dale McDowall. "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 Mitsubishi Heavy Industries of Japan."
Over the next twelve months, JGSDF will be operationally testing and
evaluating the ScanEagle system to prepare for entry into service.
Insitu Pacific, located in Queensland, Australia, has provided UAS services to
defence, civil and commercial interests in the Asia-Pacific region since June
2009. Insitu Pacific is a subsidiary of U.S.-based Insitu Inc.
Insitu Inc., located in Bingen, Wash., is a wholly owned subsidiary of The
Boeing Company. Insitu designs, develops and manufactures UAS and provides
associated services for commercial and military applications. With a small
footprint and expeditionary focus for both land and sea, the company's family
of UAS solutions serves the needs of the global defence community. To date,
these systems have accumulated more than 711,000 operational hours and 76,000
sorties. For more information, visit www.insitupacific.com.
For more information contact:
Dale McDowall Jill Vacek
Insitu Pacific Insitu Marketing
SOURCE Insitu Pacific
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