ADF signs Wasp AE contract
AeroVironment has formally signed contracts to deliver its Wasp AE UAS to the Australian Defence Force (ADF), the company announced on 25 July.
AeroVironment will deliver the Wasp AE UAS in collaboration with Australian partners XTEK, General Dynamics Mediaware and Sentient Vision. The UAS will be modified with Australian content to meet ADF requirements.
Local maintenance, training and field support will be provided by XTEK and AeroVironment.
Delivery of the UAS will begin in 2018 and run for three years.
David Sharpin, VP, tactical UAS business unit, AeroVironment, said: ‘This contract to supply Wasp AE small UAV systems to support the ADF is the result of ten years of work with XTEK and the Commonwealth, including thorough operational testing, bringing small UAS compatible with the US operations to Australia and adding capabilities from Australian companies.'
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