Brazil to operate UAS from ships

The Brazilian Navy will field its INSITU ScanEagle long-endurance fixed-wing unmanned aircraft system (UAS) from the Niterói-class frigates and Amazonas-class offshore patrol vessels (OPVs), the service told Jane’s .

The UAS will be initially used in the consolidation of an operation doctrine of this technology from the frigates and OPVs, the navy told Jane’s in December. The UAS capability will be later expanded to other surface ships, the navy said but declined to name the vessels.

A single system comprising six air vehicles with their electro-optical payload and associated equipment and services was purchased through the US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme with a letter of offer and acceptance (LOA) signed with the US government on 11 December 2019.

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