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.

Schiebel Pacific is reportedly scaling its business in preparation for Land 129 and Sea 129, hiring remote pilots and maintenance technicians and upgrading its facility.

The Australian Maritime College has been selected by the RAN to train its personnel in the use of autonomous marine systems.

The government is increasing Army’s experimentation, prototyping and exploration of autonomous vehicle and emerging technologies with a $12.2 million boost in Australian industry contracts.

XTEK has received a purchase order from the ADF for the supply of additional AeroVironment WASP AE Small Unmanned Aerial Systems.

Australia has committed to the purchase of an additional Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton Remotely Piloted Aircraft System despite a US production pause.

Orbital Corporation has signed a contract with Northrop Grumman for the development of a hybrid propulsion system for a Vertical Take-Off and Landing unmanned aerial vehicle.

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has completed the first production-representative MQ-9B SkyGuardian Remotely Piloted Aircraft.

Orbital UAV has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with one of Singapore’s largest defence companies.