Air Platforms

Australia commissions unmanned naval aircraft squadron

25 October 2018

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has converted its naval unmanned aircraft squadron unit (NUASU) into an operational formation known as 822X Squadron.

It is the fourth operational squadron in the RAN’s Fleet Air Arm, and oversees the service’s fleet of Insitu ScanEagle fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and the Schiebel S-100 Camcopter rotor-wing unmanned aircraft systems (UASs).

“Autonomous systems are becoming increasingly important, with unmanned systems soon being deployed to every operational theatre, and 822X Squadron will realise the full potential these technologies present,” said RAN chief, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, at the squadron’s commissioning ceremony on 25 October.

“Over the past decade, modern militaries have embraced the strategic and tactical advantages offered by operating unmanned platforms, typically used for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance,” he added.

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