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Orbital UAV to use Defence grant to expand production capacity

written by Charbel Kadib | September 8, 2021

Perth-based Orbital UAV has unveiled plans to leverage newly secured government funding to expand its production capacity.

Late last month, the Australian Defence Force awarded $195,624 to the unmanned aerial vehicle technology company under the Defence Global Competitiveness Grants program.

Orbital UAV confirmed it would leverage the funding to expand its production capability ahead of the commissioning of additional engine production lines at its Balcatta operation.

“With two UAV engine models in production and a further three engine production lines scheduled to enter operation over the next 12 months, this grant will fund the purchase of additional inspection and verification equipment and support the increased throughput of development and production parts,” Todd Alder, CEO and managing director of Orbital UAV, said.

“We are delighted to receive this funding and are greatly appreciative of the support Orbital UAV has continued to receive as we build our business and look to support Australia’s sovereign capability objectives.”

The company’s receipt of the grant coincided with the Australian Army’s 13th Brigade’s visit to its Balcatta headquarters at Irwin Barracks, Karrakatta.


13th Brigade’s Commander, Brigadier Brett Chaloner CSC; Innovation Major, Major Simon Powell; and Command Liaison Officer Captain Jason Tuna were among the visitors.

“Change, growth and innovation are at the heart of our transformation and supporting that is our increased engagement and understanding of Defence industry capability in our State,” BRIG Chaloner said.

“It is exciting to see the unique capability that Orbital UAV has here in WA and explore opportunities to work together to deliver on State and nationwide strategic defence objectives.”


Martin Johnston, chief operating officer of Orbital UAV, welcomed the visit.

“It was a pleasure to host members of 13th Brigade,” Johnson said.

“As we continue to develop our technologies and look to expand our capabilities within defence industry, having this engagement and understanding the long-term objectives and needs of the ADF and end-users of our products is incredibly valuable.”

Article courtesy of Defence Connect.

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