Federal Government Invests in New UAS Development Program

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The fed­er­al gov­ern­ment is invest­ing up to $1.3 bil­lion in a new Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) devel­op­ment pro­gram to enhance sit­u­a­tion­al aware­ness across Australia’s vast mar­itime envi­ron­ment.

The Maritime UAS Continuous Development pro­gram will ensure Defence main­tains lead­ing-edge mar­itime sur­veil­lance capa­bil­i­ties.

Minister for Defence, Linda Reynolds said Defence needs lead­ing-edge mar­itime sur­veil­lance capa­bil­i­ties to better under­stand and adapt to the com­plex and rapid­ly chang­ing mar­itime domain.

“As detailed in the 2020 Defence Strategic Update, launched by the Prime Minister and I in July, Australia is at the centre of a dynam­ic strate­gic envi­ron­ment,” Reynolds said.

“Now, more than ever, Defence requires an agile acqui­si­tion strat­e­gy to take advan­tage of state-of-the-art tech­nol­o­gy.

“This acqui­si­tion her­alds a new intel­li­gence, sur­veil­lance, recon­nais­sance and tar­get­ing capa­bil­i­ty for Defence to ensure Australia keeps pace in this rapid­ly devel­op­ing tech­nol­o­gy domain.”

Through this pro­gram, Defence plans to acquire air vehi­cles between approx­i­mate­ly 25 to 300kg in size that will enhance the sit­u­a­tion­al aware­ness and response options of Royal Australian Navy ships.

To keep pace with rapid­ly devel­op­ing tech­nol­o­gy in this domain, Defence will adopt a five yearly invest­ment cycle to upgrade the Maritime UAS capa­bil­i­ty com­menc­ing in 2024.

An Invitation to Register will be released for indus­try to inves­ti­gate the capa­bil­i­ty and capac­i­ty of Australian indus­try to deliv­er all ele­ments of the Maritime UAS, includ­ing air vehi­cles, sensor pay­loads, inte­gra­tion, train­ing and sus­tain­ment.

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