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Aussie sensor system critical for new STRIX drone

An Australian sensor system will play a critical role in the new STRIX Tactical Uncrewed Aerial System, announced at Avalon Airshow this week.

An Australian sensor system will play a critical role in the new STRIX Tactical Uncrewed Aerial System, announced at Avalon Airshow this week.

Melbourne’s Ascent Vision Technologies (AVT) Australia will supply their CM234 sensor gimbal into the new UAS being developed by BAE Systems Australia and aerospace specialist company Innovaero.

The autonomous vertical take-off and landing STRIX prototype is expected to be employed in various tactical battlefield roles such as ground and maritime support or teamed with piloted helicopters.

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AVT Australia managing director Dale Heinken said their CM234 sensor provides advanced optical, infrared scanning and laser targeting options for the UAS to conduct reconnaissance, intelligence gathering, surveillance and deep-strike capabilities.

“We’re delighted to be part of the design and development of the STRIX UAS concept model at Avalon 2023,” he said.

“The CM234 offers a wide range of sensor capabilities and laser payloads in a small size, weight, and power.”

The sensor system uses high-definition electro-optical, mid-wave infrared, short-wave infrared, a laser range finder, a laser target designator, and a laser pointer.

BAE Systems Australia chief executive officer Ben Hudson said AVT Australia’s technology was a fundamental part of the STRIX UAS platform on display at Avalon.

“We are really pleased to be working with the team at AVTA and include the sensor gimbal system in STRIX,” Hudson said.

“STRIX will add new capabilities for our customers on the battlefield. Its success is leveraged with our strong focus on building a future sovereign supply chain around the platform and incorporating the expertise of Australian SMEs.”

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