RQ-21 Blackjack
RQ-21 Blackjack

RQ-21 Blackjack

UAV RQ-21 Blackjack, also known as the Integrator, has been developed by US company Insitu Incorporated, which is currently part of the corporation "Boeing". The machine is a further development of the device "Scan Eagle". Between the machines there are external differences in plumage, this resulted in an increase in the size of the aircraft.

RQ-21 system consists of:

  • Five aircraft.

  • Two ground control stations.

  • Equipment for the start-up and maintenance of machines.

The first aircraft RQ-21 2012 has taken off in the summer of the year. During winter testing 2013, was launched from the deck of the ship. These tests were carried out in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico aboard the amphibious assault ship "Mesa Verde". Before that the UAV was tested at a military base in California.

At the end of the test machines were handed over for operation in a squadron of unmanned US. The second batch of machines was delivered in 2014 year. With the use of RQ-21 possible to carry out quality control of the battlefield and effectively build the tactics of ground forces.

UAV RQ-21 offers new opportunities for military forces, which can not provide no drone at the moment. The machine can be used as a tactical support groups.

The first contract for the supply of aircraft RQ-21 2010 was signed in the summer of the year, while cash infusion made 43 million dollars, and the customer has received two such machines. Further development of the program STUAS / Tier II provides for the creation of machines with more 56 2013 year, that will have to spend about 450 million.

Hardware machine RQ-21

  • The optical system of the electronic type.

  • IR camera.

  • IR pointer.

  • Laser range finder type.

The device allows you to produce high-quality exploration and support of maritime and land units of the army. Due to the open architecture of the machine can be quite rapid reconfiguration of equipment which allocated 10 kilos. With standard machine has a day and night camera and a set of communication and automatic recognition system. Start unmanned RQ-21 carried out using a catapult.

RQ-21 Blackjack. Characteristics:

Modification RQ-21A
Wingspan, m 3.11
Length m 1.71
Height, m  
Weight, kg  
null 14
takeoff 22
engine's type 1 AP
Power, hp X 1 1.5
Maximum speed km / h 148
Cruising speed, km / h 111
Practical range, km 1000
The duration of the flight, ch.min 24
Practical ceiling, m 5950


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