Boeing Insitu launched a new weapon project in its UAS Integrator, expanding its versatility and resistance to 24-hour flight.
Strategic cooperation for the integration of UAS weapons
Boeing subsidiary Insitu has introduced an innovative munitions program aimed at its UAS Integrator, with the aim of integrating highly in-demand attack capabilities, which will add to its already robust range. of payloads.
By partnering with leading US weapons developers and government entities, Integrator was able to launch miniaturized precision projectiles and direct them precisely to their designated targets.
In September 2021, the version RQ-21 Blackjack The Integrator was able to carry several inert kinetic payloads as part of a testing protocol led by the US Navy. Further testing is underway.
Modular capacity and operational versatility
Thanks to its modular design, the Integrator offers the possibility of carrying different payloads in one operation. This modular design allows it to adapt to the changing needs of the battlefield.
“With the changing dynamics of global war scenarios, our customers demand Integrator’s kinetic strike capabilities. We are committed to offering solutions that reduce the time between detection, detection and effective action. The modularity of the Integrator is based on this unique design, which allows an agile transition between kinetic and non-kinetic missions,” he said. Abigail Denburg vice president of Global Growth.
UAS Integrator Technical Specifications
The Integrator, which is classified as a NATO Class 1 UAS and belongs to DoD Group 3, can carry up to 25% of its maximum gross weight in payloads. It is distributed between the front section, the main compartment, trays of the wings and additional anchor points of the wing structure.
Typical configurations include ISR turrets at the front, while the main compartment can house various technologies such as synthetic aperture radar, moving image sensors and signals intelligence/electronic warfare systems, all interchangeable in situ using the conventional tools.
Ammunition, for its part, is integrated as modular bays that integrate the weapon system with an autonomous warehouse management system.
Overview of the Boeing Insitu Integrator (RQ-21 Blackjack)
Designed to meet the specific requirements of the US Navy, the RQ-21 Blackjack is a compact unmanned tactical aerial solution, developed by Boeing Insitu.
It can be launched from land or sea, using a rail system. Retraction is done by a “skyhook” mechanism, where a vertical cable is hung from the wing of the car. On land, these systems are portable.
With a wingspan of 4.9 m and a payload capacity of 18 kg, the Blackjack has a high resolution day/night camera. Insitu, backed by three decades of experience and more than 1.4 million flight hours, continues to be a leader in providing cutting-edge solutions to a global clientele.