Leidos has been shortlisted to compete in the next phase of evaluation for Army’s Land 129 Phase 3 – Tactical Unmanned Aerial System (TUAS) program. Phase 3 will replace and enhance the Australian Army’s current TUAS capability.
The three other down-selected companies are Insitu Pacific, Raytheon Australia and Textron Systems Australia.
“This is an exciting opportunity for Leidos Australia and we recognise the importance and value of local industry. Whilst we have already teamed with Australian SMEs, we are focused on identifying more Australian companies to join the project," Paul Chase, Acting Chief Executive for Leidos Australia, said. "To achieve this, Leidos is calling for expressions of interest from local companies through their recently released Australian Partner Portal."
Primary capabilities of interest include:
- Composite Manufacturing
- Payloads for Tier 2 UAVs
- Mechanical Assembly
- Training Services
- Warehousing Support
- Logistics Support
- UAV Operations and Maintenance Support
Expression of interests will be open until 14 May 2020.
The TUAS replacement under Land 129 Phase 3 aims to ensure the ADF is positioned to take advantage of the technological enhancements being made in TUAS air vehicle and sensor technology.
“UAS are a key component of Army’s Surveillance and Reconnaissance capability, with some smaller Unmanned Systems recently being used on Operation Bushfire Assist," Deputy Director Army UAS Projects Andrew McKinnon said.
The Leidos Australia Partner Portal can be accessed at https://www.leidos.com/company/global/australia/partner-network