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Australian navy creates new UAV squadron

25th October 2018 - 13:45 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Hong Kong


The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) stood up a new UAV squadron – christened 822X Squadron – at HMAS Albatross on 25 October.

It marks a major transformation from the former Naval Unmanned Aircraft Systems Unit (NUASU) into a formal UAV squadron, giving the RAN Fleet Air Arm its fourth operational squadron.

The ‘X’ in the 822X Squadron designation refers to the developmental nature of the unit. Its motto is ‘See the Enemy’.

Its platforms include two flights of the Insitu ScanEagle tactical UAV and one flight of the Schiebel S-100 Camcopter. The unit is deliberately gaining experience in both

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Gordon Arthur


Gordon Arthur

Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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