Military Capabilities

Pacific 2017: Australia begins deployment of ViDAR-equipped ScanEagles in operational roles

03 October 2017

Key Points

  • Australia has begun operational deployments of ScanEagle units equipped with ViDAR
  • System has enhanced the service's maritime surveillance capabilities while reducing operator workload

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has begun deploying units of the ScanEagle unmanned aircraft system (UAS) equipped with visual detection and ranging (ViDAR) equipment in operational deployments onboard the service's Adelaide (Oliver Hazard Perry)-class guided missile frigates.

One of the ships that has gone on to prove out the system in actual operations is HMAS Newcastle (06), which is currently deployed in Middle Eastern waters as part of Operation 'Manitou', the RAN's Navy UAS Unit confirmed with Jane's at the Pacific 2017 exhibition in Sydney.

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