05/08/2020

Australia plans to invest up to A$1.3 billion ($934 million) for the local UAS sector

Canberra pledges A$1.3 billion to local UAS sector – link

Source: Flight Global

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  • Australia plans to invest up to A$1.3 billion ($934 million) to develop small UAVs to improve maritime awareness
  • The country as issued an Invitation to Register (ITR) for the Sea 129 Phase 5 Block 1 project
  • The ITR covers Block 1 of the project which will see seven maritime UAS ‘capability bricks’ acquired, and will focus on “workforce growth, training system development, Combat Management System (CMS) integration, and payload development”
  • Block 1 systems will be operated primarily from the forthcoming Arafura class offshore patrol vessels (OPV) as well as Navy’s ANZAC class frigates (FFH), and service entry is scheduled for 2024
  • The focus of the initiative will be the acquisition of small UAVs weighing between 25-300kg (55-660lb) for use aboard Royal Australian Navy vessels
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