Unmanned

Orbital has delivered the first engine system to its Singapore defence customer.

Insitu Pacific and Perth-based aeronautical technology company Innovaero have signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to strengthen and support the development of Australian technology for uncrewed aerial systems (UAS).

Zenith AeroTech, a developer of heavy-lift tethered aerial vehicles (TAVs), is partnering with Sydney-based DroneShield to provide enhanced drone detection capabilities, along with a range of countermeasures.

In the week prior to ANZAC Day, Trusted Autonomous Systems (TAS), with the support of the Queensland Government, hosted the ‘Accelerating Trusted Autonomous Systems Symposium’ in Townsville.

The Joint Agency Task Force Operation Sovereign Borders is supporting the Sri Lankan Police to establish an aerial drone surveillance capability.

InnovaeroFOX has advanced to the next stage of its test flight program, successfully completing a series of challenging flight tests on schedule.

Textron Systems has received a contract for up to US$607 million from the US Army to upgrade the Shadow Block II tactical unmanned aircraft system (TUAS).

UMS Skeldar’s flagship V200 uncrewed aerial vehicle has conducted the first autonomous take-off and landing (ATOL) from a ship whilst on operations.

Unmanned technology in varying stages of development is waiting in the wings to enhance Australia’s border protection, but what, how and when remains a matter of conjecture.

The successful demonstration on October 29 was the first time a vertical takeoff surrogate unmanned aerial system (VTUAS) had been used to conduct a large area multistatic acoustic search.

Alphabet shut its project flying solar-powered fixed-wing drones.

Volansi and Quickstep have announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to expand their reach into the global drone market.

XTEK has been appointed to act as the Milrem Robotics Unmanned Ground Vehicle representative in Australia and NZ.

Innovaero launched their purpose-built Defence sovereign manufacturing facility and unveiled their Australian-made Maritime Unmanned Aerial System (MUAS), the Innovaero Fox.

The companies will work to enable drones to autonomously launch and land from a ground based autonomous vehicle platform.

As the role of robotic and autonomous systems becomes more important within the ADF, building trust in autonomous systems is critical to the technology’s uptake.