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  Australia's Joint Project 129 (JP 129) was to select a tactical UAV to complement the earlier short-range Israeli Skylark mini-UAV. IAI's I-View Mk250 system was selected in December 2006 in a A$ 145 million (US$109 million) contract to provide Army with a high precision, day/night surveillance and targeting capability. Australia was to be the launch customer for the I-View 250 model, but issues with the platform led to contract cancellation in 2008. 

In the meantime, in 2007, the ScanEagle short-range UAV was leased by the Army for in-theatre operations, and in 2008 a new JP 129 competition was launched. This saw several more platforms offered, including BAE Systems Australia teamed with American firm AAI to offer the Shadow 200 UAV, and the selection of the RQ-7B Shadow 200 was announced in August 2010. This 'B' variant expands the original Shadow’s wingspan to 14 feet, endurance to 6 hours, and payload to 45 pounds. It is the US Army’s main tactical UAV (TUAV), and has had extensive operational use in Iraq and Afghanistan. The new 132 Battery of the 20th Surveillance and Target Acquisition (STA) Regiment was set to operate the TUAVs at Gallipoli Barracks, Enoggera, Queensland. 

The August 2010 deal was reportedly worth A$ 175 million (US$158 million) for 18 RQ-7B Shadow 200 platforms, sourced from the US military by a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract. The first RQ-7B Shadow system of four UAVs were delivered to Australia for testing in mid-2011, and early delivery of a second system (at least four more platforms) may be possible by the US Army giving up one of its production-line slots. These aircraft should be received over 2012/13, with up to four systems and Ground Control Stations being eventually acquired.

 

 

     
 
ADF Serial C/N Delivery to Australia Acceptance by Army Airframe history
A43-549 2549 07/08/2011 19/11/11 in Army service
A43-560 3560 07/08/2011 19/11/11 in Army service
A43-564 2564 07/08/2011 19/11/11 in Army service
A43-574 2574 07/08/2011 19/11/11 in Army service

A43-582

2582

2012

14/06/12

in Army service

A43-589

2589

2012

14/06/12

in Army service

A43-590

2590

2012

14/06/12

in Army service

A43-619

2619

2012

14/06/12

in Army service

A43-620

2620

2012

14/06/12

in Army service

A43-621

2621

2012

14/06/12

in Army service

 
     

The Author of this page is "Batman"

Sources: Defence Media Centre, www.defenseindustrydaily.com,

Updated 16 July 2013

 

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