Leidos Australia has added Aeronautics to its bid for the replacement of the Army’s Tactical Unmanned Aerial System (TUAS) through Project Land 129 Phase 3. Aeronautics is a subsidiary of Rafael Advanced Defense Systems.
Leidos Australia was recently named as one of four companies shortlisted to compete for the conceptual system integration design phase of the project to replace the Shadow 200 UAVs.
“Leidos conducted an exhaustive search to identify capable platforms in class that can provide optimum capabilities to the Australian Army,” said Acting Leidos Australia Chief Executive, Paul Chase. “We are excited to have Aeronautics join our team. We look forward to combining the capabilities of both companies to create a highly-qualified team with a strong technology footprint in Australia.”
“We are excited to team with Leidos and offer our advanced capabilities to the Australian Army,” said Moshe Elazar, Chief Executive Officer of Aeronautics Group. “We are also determined to have an exceptionally positive impact on the Australian industry by further developing local skills and capabilities whilst giving access to our global supply chain.”
Leidos Australia recently called for Expressions of Interest (EOI) from Australian suppliers and SMEs to join their team. Capabilities being sought include composite manufacturing, payloads for Tier 2 UAVs, mechanical assembly, training services, warehousing support, logistics support, UAV operations and maintenance support.
The deadline for the submission of EOIs is 14 May, 2020. More information is available here.