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October 2020 - Air Affairs team with Raytheon - LAND 129 Phase 3 tactical unmanned aerial system project

Air Affairs Australia have joined a Team of 9 other Australian SMEs to bid for Commonwealth LAND 129 Phase 3 program.  The LAND 129 Phase 3 team is being led by Raytheon Australia as the prime system integrator.  This Team also includes two other Shoalhaven based companies: Schiebel Pacific Ltd and Innovation Composites. These three companies are no strangers to Air Affairs Australia as we currently work with Raytheon Australia on the Jet Aircraft Test and Training contract for Defence; Schiebel Pacific Ltd are co-located within our facilities at Yerriyong NSW and Innovation Composites assist with the Phoenix program.

LAND 129 Phase 3 will replace the current Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (TUAS) in service with the Army.  The replacement will ensure that the ADF is able to take advantage of the technological advancements being made in the TUAS air vehicle and sensor technology.  Our Team has offered the world-leading Schiebel Pacific Ltd CAMCOPTER S-100 UAS which is already in service with Defence.

Air Affairs Australia has over 15 years in the UAS spectrum with its Phoenix unmanned aerial target.  The Phoenix is designed and manufactured at our Advanced Manufacturing Centre at Nowra and currently in use with all three arms of the ADF as well as several International defence forces.  Our experience and long pedigree in UAS, will complement a Team of innovative and successful Australian SMEs.

It is expected that an announcement on the preferred TUAS will be made late 2020 / early 2021.

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Land 129 Phase 3 tactical unmanned aerial systems project team (image courtesy of Raytheon Australia)