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Engine Shipments Commence for Tactical UAS

Orbital UAV has begun the first engine shipments to Insitu Pacific for the Australian Army’s next-generation Integrator uncrewed aerial system By Sarah Simpson / 04 Nov 2022
Engine Shipments Commence for Australian Tactical UAS Program

Orbital UAV has commenced the delivery of engine builds to Insitu Pacific, the team responsible for supplying the Australian Army with its next generation of tactical uncrewed aerial system (UAS).

Insitu Pacific, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company, was confirmed by the Australian Government as the preferred supplier to the LAND 129 Phase 3 program in March 2022. The contract includes delivery and initial support of the Integrator UAS as well as associated Ground Systems and Prime Systems Integrator services.

As Insitu Pacific’s primary engine supplier, Orbital UAV’s industry leading propulsion manufacturing capability was an integral part of the successful bid.

“We are incredibly proud to support Insitu Pacific in the delivery of the Integrator UAS to the Australian Army,” said Todd Alder, CEO and Managing Director of Orbital UAV. “We have been working closely with the Insitu Pacific team over recent months to ensure the on-time delivery of their propulsion system requirements to support delivery of the Integrator to the Army through 2023 and 2024. First engine shipments are a significant milestone in this program of work and our broader relationship with Insitu Pacific,” he said.

The Integrator is a proven, expeditionary UAS in service globally that delivers enduring multi-domain effects to enable a 24/7 intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (‘ISR’) capability.

“Our suppliers bring home-grown, Australian innovation and ingenuity to the program,” said Andrew Duggan Managing Director of Insitu Pacific. “The delivery of the Integrator system to the Australian Army will be underpinned by our shared commitment to further develop sovereign capability and supports the growth of businesses directly on our team, as well as their respective ecosystems of Australian suppliers.”

Members of the Queensland-based Insitu Pacific team recently toured Orbital UAV’s Western Australia development and manufacturing facilities to see the Integrator engine production line in operation and explore the long-term maintenance, repair and overhaul (‘MRO’) requirements associated with the LAND 129 Phase 3 program.

“Sustainment programs represent a critical component of all defense contracts and the delivery of the country’s long-term sovereign capability objectives,” said Mr Alder. “We look forward to implementing a comprehensive MRO agreement that will appropriately support Insitu Pacific and fully address the needs of the end user.”

“After the initial delivery of Integrator, our effective through-life support to Army will include working with our strong, established supplier base such as Orbital to continue to deliver capability and content locally to meet Army’s requirements,” said Mr Duggan.

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