Royal Australian Navy program SEA 129-5 moves to next phase, to undergo a single source procurement process for the maritime uncrewed aircraft systems (MUAS) program for the RAN.
As reported by Julian Kerr of Australian Defense Magazine:
Defence has selected the Schiebel S-100 Camcopter uncrewed aerial vehicle (UAV) to undergo a single source procurement process for the initial block of a $1.3 billion three-block maritime uncrewed aircraft systems (MUAS) program for the RAN, a ministerial spokesperson confirmed to ADM on 3 May.
The number of S-100s under consideration was not disclosed, although an unconfirmed media report referred to an initial procurement of 40.
Proposed by Raytheon Australia teaming with Schiebel Pacific, the S-100 was chosen for single source consideration without an open tender, from five shortlisted contenders. The move would advance the initial operating capability (IOC) by 18 months, the spokesperson said.
The four other contenders comprised Insitu Pacific offering its Scan Eagle/Integrator family, Northrop Grumman teaming with Leonardo with the AWHero, Textron with the Aerosonde V4/HQ system, and BAE Systems with an undisclosed air vehicle.Read the complete article in Australian Defense Magazine
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