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.
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