A versatile and multi-mission UAS serving the needs of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.
RQ-21A Blackjack is the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps’ Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System designed and manufactured by Insitu Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company. RQ-21A Blackjack is a Group 3 UAV.
Persistent threats require persistent solutions
Assessing the fight without putting warfighters at risk requires real-time monitoring and analysis to provide actionable information to commanders on the ground or at sea. RQ-21A Blackjack, the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Small Tactical Unmanned System program of record, delivers safety from above to support your most critical operations.
RQ-21A Blackjack Capabilities
Modular, versatile and multi-mission capable, providing rapid transitions between land and maritime environments
Six payload spaces that can carry up to 39 lbs (17 kg)
Endurance of 16+ hours per day (depending on configuration)
Electro-optic/infrared (EO/IR) payloads support real-time monitoring to provide indications and threat warnings
Plug-and-play payloads enable multi-intelligence capability to support a broad range of operations
Line of sight range of 55 nautical miles (102 km)
RQ-21A Blackjack Performance
RQ-21A Blackjack is the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps’ Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (STUAS) program of record.
Achieved Full Rate Production in October of 2016
Currently flown by Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 1 and 2 (VMU-1 and VMU-2) supporting expeditionary operations worldwide.
Available through the U.S. Navy’s foreign military sales program.