Topic: Unmanned/Remote Systems

ScanEagle completes operational evaluation

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Simon Jeffery (author), ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer)

ScanEagle is launched from the flight deck of HMAS Newcastle in the Middle East region. (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

ScanEagle is launched from the flight deck of HMAS Newcastle in the Middle East region.

HMAS Newcastle has conducted the Royal Australian Navy’s first simultaneous operations of manned and unmanned aircraft during its current deployment to the Middle East on Operation MANITOU.

Soaring with Eagles

This article has photo gallery Published on by CPL Sebastian Beurich (author), ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer)

ScanEagle Mission Commander Lieutenant Simon Jeffery assists Able Seaman Brad Elliot (right) with assembling ScanEagle on the flight deck of HMAS Newcastle in the Middle East region. (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

ScanEagle Mission Commander Lieutenant Simon Jeffery assists Able Seaman Brad Elliot (right) with assembling ScanEagle on the flight deck of HMAS Newcastle in the Middle East region.

Launching a complex unmanned aerial system from stable ground is one thing, but Navy’s Lieutenant Simon Jeffery has made it his mission to launch them from a ship – a moving roller coaster at times.

Underwater vehicles set course

Published on by LEUT Harry Hubbert (author)

One of the autonomous underwater vehicles used during the course at the HMAS Penguin Pittwater annex. (photo: Unknown)

One of the autonomous underwater vehicles used during the course at the HMAS Penguin Pittwater annex.

Personnel from Mine Warfare Team 16 and the Royal Australian Navy Hydrographic School took part in an Autonomous Underwater Vehicles training course recently.

Simulation key to team dynamics

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Royal Australian Navy members participate in Experiment Sky Kraken, a study to monitor team interactions during MTUAS operations. (photo: Unknown)

Royal Australian Navy members participate in Experiment Sky Kraken, a study to monitor team interactions during MTUAS operations.

Royal Australian Navy personnel have taken part in Experiment Sky Kraken, a study to monitor team interactions during Aerial System operations.

Newcastle ready to launch

This article has photo gallery Published on by CPL Mark Doran (author), ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer)

ScanEagle is launched from the flight deck of HMAS Newcastle in the Middle East region. (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

ScanEagle is launched from the flight deck of HMAS Newcastle in the Middle East region.

While she may be the last Australian guided missile frigate to deploy to Operation MANITOU, HMAS Newcastle is the first to deploy on operations with an MH-60R helicopter and a ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial System.

The future of Navy maritime tactical unmanned air systems

Published on by CPL Max Bree (author), CPL Craig Barrett (photographer)

The Schiebel Camcopter S100 Unmanned air System on display at the Australian International Airshow at Avalon. (photo: CPL Craig Barrett)

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.

Navy's Avalon eyes in the skies

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Helen Ward (author)

Engineering Manager with the Navy Unmanned Aircraft Systems Unit, Lieutenant Commander Matt Hyam inspects the Schiebel Camcopter S100 Unmanned air System on display at the Australian International Airshow at Avalon. (photo: CPL Craig Barrett)

Engineering Manager with the Navy Unmanned Aircraft Systems Unit, Lieutenant Commander Matt Hyam inspects the Schiebel Camcopter S100 Unmanned air System on display at the Australian International Airshow at Avalon.

Not all aircraft at the Australian International Airshow at Avalon actually have pilots – just ask the team at the Navy Unmanned Aircraft Systems Unit.

Joint capability impresses at Avalon

This article has photo gallery Published on 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. (photo: Unknown)

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.

Navy develops tactical unmanned aircraft capability

This article has photo gallery Published on by Mr James McPherson (author), Schiebel (photographer)

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. (photo: Schiebel)

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 soars in Christmas Island trials

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Patrick McGuire (author), Unknown (photographer)

ScanEagle Unmanned Aircraft System, with Visual Detection and Ranging (or ViDAR) set up to launch at Christmas Island Airport (photo: Unknown)

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.