posted on Dec, 17 2004 @ 09:14 AM
A new device for videoing people and equipment in Iraq.
ST. LOUIS A robotic airplane called ScanEagle has done more than 1,000 hours of intelligence and reconnaissance work for the Marines in Iraq, its
It was developed and built by the St. Louis-based defense unit of Boeing Co. and the Washington-based Insitu Group.
Boeing officials said they could not comment on specific ScanEagle missions, but spoke generally of its use.
It travels above insurgent positions and sends real-time video images to Marines on the ground. The unmanned device can relay facial expressions on
enemy soldiers, and can transmit in such detail that it shows steam rising from their coffee.
The four-foot-long aircraft has a 10-foot wingspan and can fly up to 15 hours at a time on less than two gallons of fuel, Boeing officials said.
Unmanned aircraft such as ScanEagle are expected to play an increasing role in future battles because the Pentagon sees the planes as an integral part
of combat missions. Weapon systems are in the works that will share a common operating language so soldiers, ships, submarines, planes and satellites
can share information in a battlefield network.