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.

The RQ-21 system consists of:

  • Five aircraft.

  • Two ground control stations.

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

For the first time, the aircraft RQ-21 took off in the summer of 2012 of the year. During testing in the winter of the year 2013 was launched from the deck of the ship. These tests were conducted in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico on board the landing ship "Mesa Verde". Before this, UAVs were 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 intelligence and support for naval and land units of the army. Due to the open architecture of the machine, a sufficiently fast reconfiguration of the equipment, for which 10 kilograms is allocated, is possible. With standard equipment, the machine has night and day cameras, as well as a communication kit and automatic recognition systems. Unmanned RQ-21 is launched using a catapult. 

RQ-21 Blackjack. Characteristics:

Modification   RQ-21A
Wingspan, m   3.11
Length m   1.71
Height, m  
Weight, kg  
  empty   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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