Topic: Unmanned/Remote Systems
The Schiebel Camcopter S100 Unmanned air System on display at the Australian International Airshow at Avalon.
Images of remotely piloted aircraft soaring over a naval fleet might seem like an ultramodern picture. But unmanned aircraft are nothing new to the Fleet Air Arm, which has provided remotely piloted targets for gunnery practice since 1953.
March 06, 2017 by LCDR Helen Ward (author), CPL Craig Barrett (photographer), CPL Ben Dempster (photographer)
Deputy Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Michael Noonan with the MRH-90 helicopter crew at the 2017 Avalon Airshow.
Australian military capability was certainly delivered in spades at this year’s Avalon International Airshow, with the services combining to show Australia's joint air power.
The Schiebel S100 Camcopter has been acquired by the Royal Australian Navy to support trials and evaluation activities to reduce risks ahead of acquiring a permanent unmanned aircraft system capability in the early 2020s.
The next phase of introducing an unmanned aircraft system capability to the Royal Australian Navy has progressed.
ScanEagle Unmanned Aircraft System, with Visual Detection and Ranging (or ViDAR) set up to launch at Christmas Island Airport
A team from the Navy Unmanned Aircraft Systems Unit have deployed to Christmas Island to test their ability to conduct long term Unmanned Aircraft System operations without support.
Flight Trials Unit and the Navy Unmanned Aviation Systems Unit teams who joined HMAS Newcastle to conduct first-of-class flight trials - flight operations to assess the operability of the ScanEagle system from a guided missile frigate.
The crew of HMAS
Newcastle found their recent Sea Qualification Trials demanding, testing weapons and engineering systems after a lengthy maintenance period.