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High level meeting to decide way forward for Australian Defence Force tactical UAVs

23rd September 2008 - 01:00 GMT | by in Canberra


Key decisions on the capability targets and acquisition method for the relaunch of the Australian army’s troubled Joint Project 129 tactical UAVs are expected to be made by the end of this month with senior defence leaders meeting in Canberra 25 September to finalise core requirements.

The meeting, to be chaired by the vice chief of the Australian Defence Force, General David Hurley, will include consideration of acquiring AAI RQ-7B Shadow 200B UAS in the identical configuration as now fielded by the US army and marine corps.

In parallel the Australian Department of Defence is considering an unsolicited proposal from

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