Australian Air Force cadets will work with NSW-based company JAR Aerospace for a new training initiative with a heavy focus on science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
Minister for Defence Christopher Pyne said the new training initiative will “reinvigorate” the Air Force cadets program.
“This new training initiative, which will focus on STEM-based training, will inspire cadets to learn and keep pace with technologies being adopted by the Royal Australian Air Force,” Minister Pyne said.
“As part of the program, the Australian Air Force Cadets have ordered over 3,000 micro-drones from JAR Aerospace – one of the largest ever purchases of drones in Australia.”
Australian Air Force cadets will take part in the project from 1 July 2019.
“Working with JAR Aerospace, an emerging and exciting local defence contractor, will ensure every cadet, irrespective of their location, will have access to engaging, fun and educational STEM courses using drone technology,” Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester said.
“The training will also focus on project management and leadership, building these skills in our future aerospace and defence leaders.”
”Today's announcement was an incredibly proud moment for JAR Aerospace and JAR Education, as we see it as a big step forward in our goal to improve the sovereign capabilities of Australia's defence and aerospace industries in which training and education is so critically important,” chief marketing officer and co-founder of JAR Aerospace Lochie Burke said.
“It was an honour to have Minister Pyne and Minister Sarah Henderson alongside JAR and the Australian Air Force Cadets for the start of a truly remarkable STEM training program.
”JAR Aerospace and the AAFC will introduce a new way of learning, through a project based STEM program, designed to expose the future defence industry to computer science, electrical and aerospace engineering. Giving all a chance to engage with and learn from modern technology that is future relevant.”