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UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEMS
lthough Australian industr y is
arguably not a major player in the
global Unmanned Aerial Systems
marketplace, it nevertheless plays
an important role in technology
development and support of local programmes.
The UAS industry has also been assisted by the
Defence Science and Technology Organisation
(DSTO) through the government/industry
Capability and Technology Demonstrator
(CTD) programme, leading to several innovative
developments which have commercial potential.
Several major Australian Defence Force
projects will involve Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
and Systems over the next few years and this
will provide even greater scope for the local
representatives of the global primes and Small to
Medium Enterprises alike.
Defence isn’t the only market for UAV systems
either, with civilian applications including use
by police and other emergency services, oil and
gas exploration, agriculture and even movie-
making. The Unmanned Aerial Systems market
is a growth industry and one which may prove to
be very lucrative in the years ahead.
Although several Defence projects will make use
of unmanned technology the recent Defence
Capability Plan highlights three major aviation-
based programmes which will come to fruition
in the next decade or so.
The first is JP129 which is acquiring the AAI
RQ-7B Shadow 200 Tactical Unmanned Aerial
System (TUAS) to support land forces during
operations. Besides the opportunity for local
industry to perhaps participate in support and
training, a further phase outlined in the DCP
will consider either upgrade or replacement of
the RQ-7B after ten years, to ensure it remains
technologically viable. A further phase, which
is due to enter service around 2014, will acquire
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