Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price and the Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister and Cabinet Ben Morton have officially opened Innovaero Technologies’ (Innovaero) new modern manufacturing premises.
Located in Kardinya, WA, Innovaero launched their purpose-built Defence sovereign manufacturing facility and unveiled their Australian-made Maritime Unmanned Aerial System (MUAS), the Innovaero Fox.
The new manufacturing premises was specifically designed to facilitate the production of Fox, which is the culmination of over two years of privately funded research, development and innovation.
Australian Defence Industry Export Advocate David Johnston welcomed Innovaero’s official arrival into Australia's defence industry.
“Innovaero is an outstanding Australian innovation and export success story and we welcome their entry into our dynamic and globally renowned Industry with their sovereign industrial and manufacturing capability," Johnston said.
“In addition to our ongoing export sales to the United States, the Innovaero Technologies group of companies has proudly delivered a range of innovative sovereign capabilities for Australia’s Special Operations Command (SOCOM) on both the west and east coasts of Australia," Mike von Bertouch, Managing Director of Innovaero said. "We are proud to now offer the ADF both sovereign innovative design and industrial manufacturing capability in our new premises."
The Innovaero Fox has been purpose-built in response to the Navy’s call for a new generation of Intelligence Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR) and targeting capability for RAN ships. The Fox will be officially launched at the Avalon Airshow between 23-28 November 2021.
Innovaero says it is looking at a much broader market than just Australia, with significant export opportunity for the next-generation low-observable Fox platform.
The company's multiple CASA approvals will soon be complemented by their AS9100 and Defence Industry Security Program ( DISP ) certifications, which are in the final stages of completion.
Innovaero's 25-person strong team includes five veterans, with the company planning to expand their team going forward.