ACUO submits National UAS Industry Ecosystem Foundation Document

Phoenix Target Drone Avalon 2009 PLF pic 11 march 2009

ACUO has lodged a major submission to the Australian Senate References Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade inquiry into Australian Defence Force usage of unmanned systems. The submission sets out 41 recommendations which collectively provide a foundation for a national industrial ecosystem for Defence usage of UAS, with significant emphasis on leveraging the inherent capabilities of the 200 certified operators already trading in Australia.

Building on our October 2014 submission to the Australian Defence White Paper development process, new proposals presented to the Senate inquiry include the launch of an Australian counter-UAS proliferation initiative; the creation of an indigenous Australian’s UAS training program in support of NORFORCE; formation of regional military user communities based around the ADF’s Heron and planned MQ-4C Triton UAS; development of better strategic guidance to industry from Defence and DSTO; and increased support by Defence for safe UAS integration into national and regional civil controlled airspace.

ACUO submission to the Senate inquiry is here in full