Schiebel Pacific is scaling its business in preparation for competing in Australia’s LAND 129 and SEA 129 programmes, the company announced on 15 October. The enterprise is hiring remote pilots and maintenance technicians and upgrading its facility.

This expansion comes after Schiebel Pacific and Raytheon Australia teamed up for the LAND 129 Phase 3 Tactical Unmanned Air System (TUAS) project for the Australian Army. Additionally, Schiebel Pacific is eyeing the upcoming SEA129 Phase 5 for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).

Should the team win the TUAS contract, the CAMCOPTER S-100 VTOL UAS will be manufactured by Schiebel Pacific at the new Australian production facility currently being established. One defined goal of the expansion and the hiring initiative is to establish an in-country sovereign Australian training capability to deliver tailored training solutions for the Australian Defence Force’s requirements at land and sea. Schiebel is currently under contract with the RAN, which operates several systems at 822X Squadron, Nowra, NSW.

We are growing our footprint in Australia as we’re confident that the demand for our CAMCOPTER S-100 will continuously grow. Therefore, we are investing substantially in not only creating Australian jobs but also the transfer of knowledge and skills to Australia and the wider region. Just as important, we are increasing our network of local SMEs, to make sure we are aligned with the Australian government’s policies on Australian industry content,” explained Schiebel Pacific General Manager, Andrew Watson.

The S-100 is a proven, reliable TUAS for ISR missions. With its small footprint and an ability to operate from confined areas, it needs no prepared area or supporting equipment for take-off and landing, and can be set up and ready within 20 minutes, operating by day and night for up to 10 hours. Globally, the UAS has amassed over 100,000 flight hours to date.

Winning the Australian Army’s TUAS competition would result in Schiebel manufacturing the S-100 in new facilites currently building in Australia. (Photo: Schiebel)

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