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Australian navy lays out UAV pathway

6th October 2015 - 12:32 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Sydney


The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) is making gradual progress on its pathway to obtaining integrated tactical UAV operations, according to speakers at the Pacific 2015 International Maritime Exposition.

Capt Allen Whittaker, capability programme manager – aviation of the RAN, said the navy was currently in the second of four phases. This transitional phase began on 1 July ‘with the aim of embarked knowledge development,’ where lessons learned from coming embarked operations in 2016 would feed into future acquisitions.

Ben Crowther, officer in charge of the Navy UAS Unit (NUASU) located at HMAS Albatross, told Shephard the RAN is acquiring ...

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