The Australian Army will procure an additional four unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) and accessories from Queensland-based company Praesidium Global, according to the Department of Defence (DoD) in Canberra.
“The unmanned ground vehicles will be used by the army to support a 12-month user evaluation trial within the 2018/19 financial year,” Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne announced in a statement on 13 June, putting the total acquisition cost at AUD2 million (USD1.5 million).
“Unmanned ground vehicles will enhance the army’s capability through assisting our soldiers with a range of manual handling tasks, such as moving heavy loads and field equipment, and casualty evacuations,” said Pyne.
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