Air Platforms

Australia buying more small UASs to support exploration of future roles

12 April 2018

Australia is spending AUD1.4 million (USD1.08 million) to acquire additional AeroVironment Wasp AE small unmanned aerial systems (SUASs) via the Canberra-based company XTEK for what has been described as “a novel concept demonstration” by the Australian Army.

The order, which was disclosed by XTEK to the Australian Stock Exchange on 10 April, coincides with the announcement of three separate innovation contracts awarded to local companies for the development of a next-generation SUAS for use by Australian soldiers under Project Land 129 Phase 4B.

XTEK Managing Director Philippe Odouard told Jane’s on 12 April that the new order for an undisclosed number of Wasp AEs was additional to the announcement made in June 2017 of an AUD42 million contract for the acquisition via XTEK of 65 Wasp AEs and associated services.

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