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Avalon 2019: Australia launches Shadow replacement

26th February 2019 - 10:31 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Melbourne


Coinciding with the Avalon Air Show, the Australian Army released an industry engagement paper covering Project Land 129 Phase 3, the planned replacement of the Textron RQ-7 Shadow 200 v1 tactical UAV system currently in service with the Brisbane-based 20th Surveillance and Target Acquisition Regiment.

The paper stated that the project ‘will grow the capability to provide a third subunit (battery) and provide an enduring capability effect that enables 24/7 intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.’ The Shadow is due for retirement in around 2023.

The government is expected to grant project approval in mid-2019, which would kick off a tender process

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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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