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Army looks ahead to replace Shadow UAV

written by australianaviation.com.au | May 7, 2018
The Shadow 200 will be replaced from the mid-2020s. (Defence)

Acquisition of a new unmanned aircraft to replace Army’s Shadow 200 is under way with the Defence’s LAND 129 Phase 3 project office issuing a call for information on Australian industry skills in the “tactical UAS [TUAS] space”.

Background information provided with the survey shows a requirement to replace the Shadow 200 from the mid-2020s, with Army planning to grow its 20th Surveillance and Target Acquisition Regiment (20 STA Regt) from two UAS batteries to three.

The survey details that Army is seeking a TUAS air vehicle with a gross takeoff weight of more than 25kg and less than 250kg and that is capable of “runway independent operations”.

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The new capability is to feature EO/IR stabilised imagery; a communications relay payload; a laser designation capability; electronic line-of-sight communications; and advanced simulation.

Other enhanced capabilities will include more advanced and modular payloads; encrypted communications; a reduced equipment footprint when compared to Shadow 200; the ability to operate in more classes of airspace, apart from military restricted airspace; expanded environmental operating envelope (rain, fog etc); and increased connectivity and networking.

“Defence wants to learn more about Australian business capability to inform its Army Program Land 129 Phase 3,” the survey reads.

“The survey is intended to provide an opportunity for Australian industry to engage with Defence at an early stage and to indicate what capability is in the TUAS space in support of the upcoming Gate 1 and Gate 2 business case submissions.

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“The project is extremely interested to hear from any Australian suppliers who operate in the tactical UAS space, in terms of systems, subsystems, payloads, components, or services which can be provided by Australian industry, to support the TUAS capability.”

The survey closes for submissions on May 25. The link to the survey including a brief outline of the Land 129 Phase 3 project can be found here.

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2 Comments

  • Josh James

    says:

    I wonder if they’ll be considering a limited armed capability, or they will leave the RAAF to field a UCAV squadron.

  • TwinTiger

    says:

    So this must mean the rationale for maintaining the Eurocopter Tigers is getting smaller as well.

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Army looks ahead to replace Shadow UAV

written by australianaviation.com.au | May 7, 2018
The Shadow 200 will be replaced from the mid-2020s. (Defence)

Acquisition of a new unmanned aircraft to replace Army’s Shadow 200 is under way with the Defence’s LAND 129 Phase 3 project office issuing a call for information on Australian industry skills in the “tactical UAS [TUAS] space”.

Background information provided with the survey shows a requirement to replace the Shadow 200 from the mid-2020s, with Army planning to grow its 20th Surveillance and Target Acquisition Regiment (20 STA Regt) from two UAS batteries to three.

The survey details that Army is seeking a TUAS air vehicle with a gross takeoff weight of more than 25kg and less than 250kg and that is capable of “runway independent operations”.

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The new capability is to feature EO/IR stabilised imagery; a communications relay payload; a laser designation capability; electronic line-of-sight communications; and advanced simulation.

Other enhanced capabilities will include more advanced and modular payloads; encrypted communications; a reduced equipment footprint when compared to Shadow 200; the ability to operate in more classes of airspace, apart from military restricted airspace; expanded environmental operating envelope (rain, fog etc); and increased connectivity and networking.

“Defence wants to learn more about Australian business capability to inform its Army Program Land 129 Phase 3,” the survey reads.

“The survey is intended to provide an opportunity for Australian industry to engage with Defence at an early stage and to indicate what capability is in the TUAS space in support of the upcoming Gate 1 and Gate 2 business case submissions.

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“The project is extremely interested to hear from any Australian suppliers who operate in the tactical UAS space, in terms of systems, subsystems, payloads, components, or services which can be provided by Australian industry, to support the TUAS capability.”

The survey closes for submissions on May 25. The link to the survey including a brief outline of the Land 129 Phase 3 project can be found here.

Steer your own in-flight experience – available on print and digital Whether our classic glossy magazine in your letterbox, daily news updates in your inbox, peeling back a few layers in the podcast or our monthly current affair reports, you can count on us to keep you up to date. Sign up today for just $99.95 for more exclusive offers here. Subscribe now at australianaviation.com.au.

2 Comments

  • Josh James

    says:

    I wonder if they’ll be considering a limited armed capability, or they will leave the RAAF to field a UCAV squadron.

  • TwinTiger

    says:

    So this must mean the rationale for maintaining the Eurocopter Tigers is getting smaller as well.

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