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Australia to pursue multi-tier tactical UAS acquisition

2nd May 2009 - 10:59 GMT | by in Canberra


Australia has signalled a potential acquisition of tier II tactical unmanned air systems for use by its land forces as part of an anticipated fleet expansion beyond the existing Joint Project 129 tactical UAS requirement and ongoing mini UAS acquisition programme.

Australia's defence minister Joel Fitzgibbon says that the newly released national defence white paper, the first issued in nine years, has confirmed the need for a multi-tier approach to UAS capability for the army.

"There is a genuine requirement for multiple tiers of tactical UAS to support soldier's operational needs in challenging land combat environments" he says.

"These will

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