The Queensland-based company trialled nine guided weapons systems, including four from the company’s new POD system.
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In developing the weapons systems, the company utilised its own rocket propellant. BSA has confirmed that they are Australia’s first civilian operator to demonstrate this capability.
Black Sky Aerospace chief executive officer, Blake Nikolic, explained that the rocket testing addresses the Commonwealth government’s recent calls to enhance the company’s weapons capability.
“There are Australian companies which have already taken up the challenge; not waiting till it’s too late, but actively developing systems so we are not overtaken by events,” Nikolic said.
“We have now tested and gathered data for further development of our guidance system. BSA and its partners are getting on with the job, and getting it done quickly.
“Development, integration and operations has been an exciting challenge for the company but having heritage in rocket platforms and explosives manufacturing, provided the foundation for this successful round of demonstrations.”
In a statement, Nikolic explained that enhancing Australia’s sovereign supply chains has allowed the nation to develop guided munitions in under the five-year timeframe.
“The success of these firings comes from a very talented group of Aussies collaborating to produce Australian Industry Capability. We have all the resources to deliver capability to the ADF and our allies today,” Nikolic continued.
It is hoped that the launches will enable the company to improve their next tranche of missile testing, expecting to take place over coming months.