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On 7 April Leidos Australia announced the addition of Aeronautics Ltd (a subsidiary of Rafael Advanced Defense Systems) to its bid team for Project Land 129 Phase 3, aimed at replacement of the Australian Army’s Tactical UAS (TUAS).

Leidos Australia was recently shortlisted as one of four companies to compete for the conceptual system integration design phase of the project. The strategic partnership will bring together Leidos’ global leadership in ISR integration with Aeronautics’ extensive experience as a leading supplier of UAS, to deliver a next-generation tactical solution for the Australian Army.

Leidos conducted an exhaustive search to identify capable platforms in class that can provide optimum capabilities to the Australian Army,” commented Acting Leidos Australia Chief Executive, Paul Chase. “We look forward to combining the capabilities of both companies to create a highly-qualified team with a strong technology footprint in Australia.”

We are also determined to have an exceptionally positive impact on the Australian industry by further developing local skills and capabilities whilst giving access to our global supply chain,” added Aeronautics’ CEO, Moshe Elazar.

Leidos Australia recently called for expressions of interest from Australian suppliers to join its team. Capabilities being sought include composite manufacturing, payloads for Tier 2 UAS, mechanical assembly, training services, warehousing support, logistics support and UAS operations and maintenance support. Leidos is committed to transitioning superior technology to Australia and supporting local industry growth by further developing this capability in country.

Aeronautics’ ORBITER 2B mini-UAS at launch. (Photo: Aeronautics)

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