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Australia Rushes AIR 7000 HALE UAV Project, Considers Multi-National Global Hawk Pacific “Pool”

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RQ-4: High flight(click to view full) Flight International reports that the Australian government has moved up its schedule by a year, and will consider proposals in the next three months for initial funding of its Project Air 7000 Phase 1 multi-mission maritime HALE (high-altitude, long-endurance) UAV program. The hurry-up appears to have been triggered by US proposals to create a common regional “pool” of Global Hawks based in Guam. The proposal before Australia, Japan, Singapore, and Thailand includes options for a shared and commonly funded fleet operated much like NATO’s E-3 Sentry AWACS, or option B in which countries acquire their own Global Hawks and make them available to the common regional fleet on agreed terms. Still, the Global Hawk will have competition… Mariner UAV(click to view full) As Australia’s 2006-2106 Defence Capability Plan notes: “AIR 7000 will…include the exploration of a broad range of options including aircraft refurbishment/remanufacture or replacement, and the use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) as an adjunct to manned platforms. While the project will be focused on the acquisition of a capability centred on maritime patrol and response roles, it will also support electronic electronic and land surveillance roles.” As DID has noted before, the […]

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