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Australia target drone tender to be issued in October

21st July 2009 - 10:00 GMT | by in Canberra


Australia will release a formal request for tender in October for its Joint Project 66 phase 1 air defence target system requirement, with planning calling for services to be available from the first half of 2011.

The Australian Defence Material Organisation confirmed 20 July that the open tender process will be predicated in a single prime contractor meeting the full training spectrum but says budget requirements remain close to forecasts anticipated since 2006.

Australia’s new defence capability plan for 2009-2014, issued last month, forecasts JP 66 will cost between A$100 million (US$81.4 million) and A$500 million (US$407 million). The previous

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