Insitu Pacific Pty Ltd has been announced as the preferred supplier by the Australian Government to provide the new Tactical Uncrewed Aerial System (UAS) to the Australian Army under Land 129 Phase 3.
The contract includes delivery and initial support of the Integrator UAS as well as associated Ground Systems and Prime Systems Integrator services, with the majority of manufacture and all assembly to be completed in Australia.
“Our Insitu Pacific team is honoured to be selected to provide this vital capability to the Australian Army,” said Andrew Duggan managing director of Insitu Pacific. “The introduction of Integrator’s surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities will be a significant force multiplier for the complex challenges Army faces today and in the future.”
The Integrator is in service globally and is designed with open architecture, which supports modular and field-swappable payloads to deliver increased operational effects for Army across the wider multi-domain environment.
As part of its solution for Army, the company's existing supply base has been supplemented with a team of over 20 Australian suppliers including Ascent Vision Technologies Australia, Orbital UAV, Nova Systems Australia, LSM Advanced Composites and Jayben Group.
“Our suppliers bring home-grown, Australian innovation and ingenuity to the program,” Duggan said. “The delivery of the Integrator system to 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.”
Australian suppliers will directly support critical capabilities for UAS growth and sustainability through the life of the system, including sensing and software, advanced materials and propulsion, and seamless integration with existing and planned ADF systems.
The introduction of Integrator builds on Insitu Pacific’s experience in delivering solutions for Australian defence customers with ScanEagle deployed to Iraq (2006) and Afghanistan (2007) in support of Australian Forces, and continued ScanEagle service in the Australian Navy’s 822X Squadron.
Under the contract, production is scheduled to begin in early 2022 with delivery expected through 2023 and 2024.