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and almost certainly Australian Aerospace for the
definition and implementation of the interface
between civil and military aircraft airspace and
target aircraft operations. BAES Australia also works
closely with its UK parent and US sister company.
Teaming within that group and with prime
contenders would be logical.
The work carried out by Sydney University’s
Centre for Field Robotics of “real-time Navigation,
Guidance and Control of a UAV using Low-cost
Sensors “, underscores UAV niche development in
Australia. This development was based on using a
very low cost GPS/IMU-based Guidance and Control
Unit to provide guidance commands that, coupled to
other data sources comprising Air data and engine
rpm, are applied to a Guidance loop that generates
demands to follow preset navigation way points.
The design of the system is aimed at reducing the
dynamic inaccuracies of low cost sensors, using
available complementary inputs from other sources
in the aircraft. The future of this work is unknown.
In August of this year the Singapore MoD
contracted Composite Engineering Inc. of USA , a
small company in the UAV business, to supply its
BQM-167 Xi UAV, CGS , Training and Support of
the System. The BQM-167 Xi is the US Navy’s next
generation, high subsonic sub-scale target system.
Details of the purchase are not known.
• JP 66 breaks new ground for the Defence Air
Target Replacement project. It is unlikely that
there is an exact model available that meets its
• There is a large range of UAVs available from
which a selection could be made, but like
Singapore it would be wise to buy the latest
• The supply of a complete system (aircraft and
GCS) is clearly a developmental issue due to the
Pentagon’s concern about the wide proliferation
of different GCSs, but the design and production
of an Australian system is unlikely.
• Australian Industry has a good experience
including the supply and support of earlier GCS
and other trials facilities, manned aircraft and
their support, but limited capability in systems’
design and evolution.
* The spiral evolution of the ADF’s application
requirements may be the cautious, somewhat
longer, but wiser approach. APDR
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