Australia to Participate in BAMS UAV Project?

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AP-3C: who’s next?(click to view full) In March 2006, DID reported that Australia was speeding up its planned AIR 7000 project for a high-altitude, long-endurance (HALE) UAV, and considering a US offer to be part of a pacific “pool” of Global Hawks. We’ve also covered Australia’s Coastwatch program. They will soon use the Mariner UAV for long-range maritime patrol, and will also be part of the USA’s Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) program for a companion UAV to the new 737-based P-8A Multi-mission Maritime Aircraft. Now, all of these projects are potentially coming together… RQ-4 Global Hawk(click to view full) With respect to the UAVs in contention, Northrop Grumman’s RQ-4 Global Hawk is currently in use as a maritime UAV demonstrator. The Australian Defence Materiel Organisation has also issued an $A 4.7 million (USD $3.5 million) to conduct an October 2006 virtual Global Hawk demonstration trial for North West shelf patrols in the company’s Cyber Warfare Integration Network (CWIN) in San Diego, CA. Mariner UAV(click to view full) The General Atomics Mariner UAV (derived from the MQ-9 Predator B) is also a candidate for BAMS; as noted above, it will be trialed in live operation for Australia’s Coastwatch during August […]

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