Canada to buy Blackjack UAVs

Canada to buy Blackjack UAVs

30 August 2016

Canada is purchasing the RQ-21A Blackjack unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for the Canadian Army, the government announced on 26 August.

The contract is valued at USD14.2 million and includes five UAVs and initial training. The purchase was made through a contractual agreement with the US government’s Foreign Military Sales programme.

Blackjacks will be delivered to the Canadian Army in 2017 and operate out of Canadian Forces Base Gagetown by the 4th Artillery Regiment.

The RQ-21A is made by Insitu, a subsidiary of Boeing, and is a small, fixed wing, tactical UAV designed for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions. It has a ceiling of 5,900 m, a top speed of 166km/h, and endurance up to 16 hours.

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