Insitu Pacific Develops Tactical UAS Solution for Australian Army

By Mike Ball / 27 Aug 2020
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Insitu Pacific has partnered with Nova Systems to develop a proposed solution for Phase 3 of the Australian Army’s LAND 129 initiative, which seeks to find a replacement for the Army’s current Shadow 200 Tactical Unmanned Aerial System (UAS). Nova Systems brings over 20 years of experience in providing the Australian Defence Force with development and delivery of test, evaluation, certification and systems assurance.

The criteria for the next-generation tactical UAS procured under LAND 129 include the ability to flexibly operate both in commercial airspace in Australia and overseas on deployment. This means that the focus is on proven systems with extensive testing data and technical detail to enable the work necessary with Defence and Civil regulators to support these type of operations.

Andrew Duggan, Managing Director at Insitu Pacific, commented: “Insitu Pacific’s experienced Australian team and our AS9100D certification underpin the delivery of a fully compliant and documented system. Our solution is further strengthened by Nova Systems as acknowledged Australian experts in working through all the engineering and testing steps necessary to deliver complex UAS to the ADF. They will bring this extensive experience and expertise to bear as part of Insitu Pacific’s LAND 129 solution for Army.”

“The suppliers and partners we’ve assembled set the foundation for long-term Australian industry capability growth. Insitu Pacific is the local, established and low-risk Tactical UAS partner for the Commonwealth, and we’re ready to deliver, grow and sustain the next generation of Army Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems.”

Peter Tippner, General Manager Aerospace and Surveillance at Nova Systems, said: “Nova Systems brings the right mix of engineering and next-gen technical skills to the Insitu Pacific LAND 129 Team. Our team of expert engineers has an in-depth understanding of the customer’s requirements, based on their experience with Shadow 200, and ADF UAS capabilities since 2008. Our proven ability to integrate complex systems into the Australian Defence Force within acquisition projects such as AIR7000 Phase 1B Triton and AIR7003 Armed UAS capability, ensures that full operational capability can be achieved rapidly, with minimal risk.”

Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact