Monday, June 15, 2009
Boeing Creates UAS Division
Boeing announced Monday the creation of an Unmanned Airborne Systems (UAS) division within its defense and space business unit. Boeing said the new unit will assume program management responsibility for the A160T Hummingbird, Unmanned Little Bird and SolarEagle (Vulture) programs. Insitu Inc., a wholly owned Boeing subsidiary that manufactures the ScanEagle and Integrator unmanned aerial systems, will report to the new division. Speaking at the Paris Air Show, Jim Albaugh, president and CEO of Boeing Integrated Defense Systems, said Boeing's experience in developing and manufacturing unmanned systems has resulted in "a broad portfolio of unmanned systems in technology development and current service applications, spanning a number of critical mission types.""This new division establishes a single leadership team focused on implementing a common strategy for unmanned airborne systems and services, and ensures access to resources and capabilities from across IDS," Albaugh added. The company named Vic Sweberg director of the new division.