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PODCAST: LAND 129 Phase 3 and supporting sovereign UAS capabilities – Jack Kormas, managing director, Textron Systems Australia

Jack Kormas

While much of the focus for sovereign industrial capabilities has been for Defence’s big-ticket items, uncrewed and autonomous systems are emerging as a key sector for continued growth.

While much of the focus for sovereign industrial capabilities has been for Defence’s big-ticket items, uncrewed and autonomous systems are emerging as a key sector for continued growth.

 

On this Defence Connect podcast, host Phil Tarrant is joined by Jack Kormas, managing director of Textron Systems Australia, as they discuss the evolving realm of uncrewed and autonomous systems (UAS), specifically LAND 129 Phase 3.

Kormas and Tarrant discuss Textron Systems Australia’s status as a “homegrown business” stemming back to 1995 as Aerosonde and the storied history the company has of not only supporting sovereign industrial capabilities for the ADF, but also as a global leader in innovation.

The pair deep-dive into the company’s history of leading-edge UAS capabilities, which originally attracted Textron’s acquisition of Aerosonde and the opportunity it has presented to the Australian supply chain.

Finally, Kormas and Tarrant discuss the variants of the Aerosonde UAS platform, which is designed to support “small footprint” expeditionary land and sea-based operations capable of multi-role operations, key capabilities pursued by the ADF.

Enjoy the podcast,

The Defence Connect team

PODCAST: LAND 129 Phase 3 and supporting sovereign UAS capabilities – Jack Kormas, managing director, Textron Systems Australia
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Listen to previous episodes of the Defence Connect podcast:

Episode 228: PODCAST: Celebrating 100 years with eyes firmly set on the future – Brendon Pett, operations manager trans-Tasman defence & national security, Beca
Episode 227: PODCAST: How RBI Hawker is innovating in APAC – Ian D’Arcy, Hawker Pacific
Episode 226: PODCAST: Building interoperability amid adversity – Captain Phillipa Hay, Royal Australian Navy
Episode 225: PODCAST: The pivotal role of autonomous systems to support Australian security – Chris Deeble, chief executive, Northrop Grumman Australia
Episode 223: PODCAST: Working with industry to support AIC – Melissa Price MP, Minister for Defence Industry
Episode 222: PODCAST: Supporting Indigenous engagement and participation in defence – Norman Laing, Defence Indigenous Cultural Adviser
Episode 221: PODCAST: Innovation, R&D and national security – Dr Cathy Foley, CSIRO chief scientist
Episode 220: PODCAST: Building organic Australian capabilities – Keith Johnson, Leidos Australia
Episode 219: INSIGHT: Life after politics – Christopher Pyne, Pyne and Partners
Episode 218: INSIGHT: An Army in motion – Lieutenant General Rick Burr, AO, DSC, MVO

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