Australia to back development of supersonic aerial target system

10 March 2017

Australia's Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG) is to collaborate with local company Grollo Aerospace in the further development of the Evader autonomous supersonic aerial target system, Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne announced on 10 March.

Pyne said the collaboration would provide the Australian Defence Force (ADF) with a cost-effective means to test the performance of modern weapon systems targeted at ADF aircraft.

The Evader system has been under development for 10 years and a demonstration for the Department of Defence (DoD) is planned for 2018, Managing Director Mark Grollo told Jane's.

Equipped with variable inlet and nozzle geometry, the ramjet propulsion system developed by the privately owned company is designed to operate over a broad range of altitudes at speeds ranging from Mach 1 to Mach 2.

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