Australian Minister of Defence Brendan Nelson recently released the public version of Australia’s Defence Capability Plan (DCP) 2006-16. outlining more than $51 billion of major capital equipment proposals.
The DCP 2006-16 is a major document produced periodically from an ongoing review of capability requirements. “Australia’s National Security – A Defence Update 2005” fed into this review process, and heavily influenced the DCP. The new document also comes on the heels of an additional $2.4 billion invested over fiscal years 2011-12 to 2015-16, and can be set into the context of the currrent government’s commitment to increase annual defence spending by 3% per year over the next decade. Key features of the DCP 2006-2016 include:
DID’s Oct 2005 article “Four FCS UAV Sub-Contracts Awarded” noted that the Piasecki’s innovative Air Scout UAV would compete against DARPA’s OAV-II, under development by Aurora Flight Sciences’ team (GoldenEye UAVs), another team led by Honeywell International, and BAE Systems as a third contender. The final winner would equip company-sized units with a Class II UAV under the Future Combat Systems program, and are expected to be part of the program’s Phase II or Phase III spinouts.
DARPA recently began awarding incremental funding under a pair of Organic Air Vehicle-II contracts worth a total of $77.4 million. Who were the lucky two?