01 Juni 2017

Defence Issues RFI for a Maritime UAV for OPVs

01 Juni 2017

Saab Skeldar V-200 (photo : UMS Skeldar)

Defence’s Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG) has issued a request for information (RFI) for a Maritime Tactical Unmanned Air System (MTUAS) to be operated from the Navy’s forthcoming Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs).

Published on May 26, the RFI notice states that the SEA 129 Phase 5 Stage 1 project will introduce into service an MTUAS which will provide the OPVs with an embedded, off-board intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) platform.

Schiebel Camcopter S-100 (photo : RAN)

An industry briefing is due to be held on June 8, and the RFI closes on July 21.

Potential contenders for the requirement likely include the Saab Skeldar, Schiebel Camcopter S-100 and Northrop Grumman MQ-8 Fire Scout.

Northrop Grumman MQ-8 Fire Scout (photo : warriorlodge)

A second stage of SEA 129 Phase 5 separately is expected to acquire a MTUAS to operate off the Navy’s new Air Warfare Destroyers and forthcoming Future Frigates.

Twelve Offshore Patrol Vessels are due to be built in Australia for the RAN under the SEA 1180 program, with Damen Shipyards Group, Fassmer Group and Lürssen Shipyards shortlisted for the program last year.

(Australian Aviation)

6 komentar:

  1. What sign is this? When malasya and australia acqure Scorpion subs, indonesia like to do so. Now indonesia had acguered Saab s.200; australia seems to do so.
    Hope do not came from "the arm raze" motive.

  2. May be it is just an insight that RAN is then aware about unmanned copter trend and necessity

  3. Discount before iedul fitri,,all items

  4. It is most likely that RAN would chose the Northrop's version since they have already rolling out the advance version of its predecessor which is the 8C. It has a lot of advantages over hes rival which is one this is lethal radius over 300 miles. Some manufacturer to date now has only 100 to 150 miles which MC8 has a double advantage of endurance and flexibility payload.

  5. Is it stable to fly in open sea situation...the wind the waves might just carried away this copter....it differs from flying on land lah...