Expeditionary, versatile and proven to deliver persistent imagery on land or at sea at a fraction of the cost of other remote sensing tools.


ScanEagle is a long-endurance unmanned aerial system (UAS) designed and manufactured by Insitu Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company. ScanEagle has redefined intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance services for Group 2 UAS.


Even the best teams in the world can benefit from a partner that doesn’t need rest to be at its best.

Having eyes in the sky at 15,000+ feet for 24+ hours adds a level of endurance to mission planning, no matter if it’s a battlefield, an ocean or a commercial infrastructure.

Operating in places without support systems or infrastructure makes expeditionary capabilities vital – like the ability to launch without a runway.

Delivering persistent imagery on land or at sea – and the tools that turn that imagery into actionable information – make all the difference when every second counts.

ScanEagle is that persistent, immediate and intelligent partner for defense and commercial missions.


ScanEagle Capabilities

  • Delivers persistent imagery on land or at sea for a variety of commercial and defense missions at a fraction of the cost of other surveillance methods
  • Latest ScanEagle features upgraded avionics, expanded payload options and a new heavy fuel purpose-built propulsion system that dramatically improves reliability and performance.
  • Can operate up to 19,500 feet (5,943 meters) and loiter over a battlefield for extended missions of 24+ hours, depending on system configuration
  • Launches autonomously by a catapult launcher – no runway required – and is retrieved via a patented SkyHook recovery system
  • Flies in extreme environments and supports a range of imager configurations that can be quickly modified in the field

ScanEagle Performance

  • Deployed with the U.S. Marine Corps since 2004 and the U.S. Navy since 2005
  • 6,000+ shipboard flights
  • 48,000+ shipboard flight hours
  • Operating on 13 different classes of ships
  • In service in more than 20 countries around the world
  • First unmanned aircraft to perform an FAA-approved commercial beyond visual line of sight flight in the U.S. National Airspace System
  • Successfully used by civil and commercial organizations for:
    • Fighting fires
    • Monitoring railways
    • Supporting oil and gas and mining operations
    • Assisting in environmental and agriculture efforts

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