Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR)
The ScanEagle provides the Royal Navy with game-changing, persistent surveillance and reconnaissance.
It flies at speeds of up to 80 knots and can stay airborne for approximately 16 hours, with a radius of 60 miles from launch.
The ScanEagle is launched by a pneumatic catapult from Royal Navy vessels and recovered using a vertical rope suspended over the side of the vessel. Once in flight, it is controlled by operators on board the vessel who execute the missions demanded by Navy command. This is the first time the Royal Navy has operated an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) on maritime operations, heralding a new era of aviation and intelligence gathering.