Schiebel Pacific has partnered with and Raytheon Australia for the LAND129 Phase 3 Tactical Unmanned Aerial System (TUAS) project.

Last week, the companies submitted tender response for the Australian Army’s project.

The partnership will combine Schiebel’s CAMCOPTER S-100 UAS and Raytheon Australia’s experience as a prime systems integrator across various domains.

Together, Schiebel and Raytheon will deliver a solution that provides a low risk offering to establish a sovereign TUAS capability.

The Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) UAS CAMCOPTER S-100 is used for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions.

It allows operation from confined areas with no requirement of area or supporting equipment.

The S-100 requires only 20 minutes to prepare for deployment and can be operated day and night for up to eight hours.

To date, the UAV has conducted more than 100,000 flight hours.

Schiebel Pacific managing director Fabian Knechtl said: “We are very confident that the capability of the CAMCOPTER S-100, together with the proposed integration into existing Australian Defence Force (ADF) systems, is the best solution for the Australian Army.

“Additionally, Raytheon Australia’s pedigree and experience in sovereign complex systems integration makes them the perfect partner and our teaming will assure efficient and timely delivery to the ADF.

“We are fully committed to the Australian government’s policy on Australian Industry Capability (AIC) and have already started the ‘transfer of knowledge’ to our local entity and our partners.”

In March this year, the Australian Government selected Raytheon Australia, Insitu Pacific, Leidos Australia and Textron Systems Australia for the TUAS Land129 programme.

They were selected through an abbreviated Invitation To Register process.