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DMO releases UAS tender

written by australianaviation.com.au | May 30, 2014
The DMO has released a tender for expressions of interest for a naval UAS. (Boeing)
The DMO has released a tender for expressions of interest for a naval UAS. (Boeing)

The DMO has released an invitation to register interest for a Navy Unmanned Aerial System (NUAS) to operate from the RAN’s Armidale class patrol boats.

The tender (DMOMSD/ITR0001/2014) states “The Commonwealth requires a fully integrated Naval Unmanned Aerial System (NUAS) capability on the Armidale Class Patrol Boat (ACPB)”, and suggests a fixed-wing type such as the Insitu ScanEagle or the AAI Aerosonde would be suitable.

The Navy has previously expressed interest in operating a NUAS from its patrol boats, and the manufacturer of the vessels, Austal, has displayed models of an Armidale with a ScanEagle launch and retrieve setup at previous Pacific naval expositions.

Comments (4)

  • Darren


    I hope that this is not limited to the patrol boats. It should be standard fit for the AWD’s, ANZAC’s and LHD’s. A single system makes sense from training and support. UAV’s are a significant and important element in operations today and tomorrow. Let’s get on with it.

  • Fed


    Navy use can off it new helicopter training ship their buying from Damen Shipyards (OPV) contact signed March 2014

  • Mark G


    With you there Darren.

    Spell check Fed. What are you talking about?

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