Morrison Authorities invests in new Unmanned Plane Methods improvement program – Drones Information
The Morrison government is investing up to $ 1.3 billion in a new Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) development program to raise situational awareness in Australia’s vast maritime environment.
The Maritime UAS Continuous Development Program will ensure the defense has the latest in maritime surveillance capabilities.
The Secretary of Defense, Senator Hon Linda Reynolds CSC, said the defense needs cutting-edge maritime surveillance capabilities to better understand and adapt to the complex and rapidly changing maritime realm.
“As described in the Defense Strategy Update 2020, released by the Prime Minister and I in July, Australia is at the center of a dynamic strategic environment,” said Minister Reynolds.
“Today, more than ever, defense requires an agile acquisition strategy to take advantage of the latest technologies.
“This acquisition heralds a new defense, surveillance, reconnaissance and targeting ability for the defense to ensure Australia keeps up in this rapidly evolving area of technology.”
As part of this program, Defense plans to purchase aircraft between 25 and 300 kg in order to improve situational awareness and the ability to respond to Royal Australian Navy ships.
To keep up with the rapidly evolving technology in this area, Defense will introduce a five-year investment cycle starting in 2024 to improve the capability of the maritime UAS.
An invitation to register will be published for the industry to examine the ability and capacity of the Australian industry to deliver all elements of the marine UAS, including aircraft, sensor payloads, integration, training and sustainability.
“Developing sovereign industrial skills through projects like this is critical to improving Australia’s industrial base and maritime safety,” said Minister Reynolds.
“To ensure we are able to respond to future challenges, the Morrison government will continue to invest in the Australian UAS industry through defense innovation and technology initiatives.
“This program gives Australian industry the opportunity to innovate and grow.”
Detailed information on the invitation to register will be published on AusTender in August 2020.
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