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Avalon 2017: Heron TP wants fair Australian competition

2nd March 2017 - 08:39 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Melbourne


With the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) eyeing a future armed MALE UAV platform to join its fleet, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) wants the right to compete against the General Atomics Reaper in a head-to-head contest.

As Australia typically veers towards American products and regularly takes the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) avenue, IAI's Heron TP is facing a hard task even before technical specifications are considered under Project Air 7003 Phase 1.

Team Reaper Australia, a coalition led by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems and including Cobham, CAE Australia, Raytheon Australia and Flight Data Systems, is obviously pushing for Australia ...

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