Website Notifications

Get notifications in real-time for staying up to date with content that matters to you.

AVT Australia tapped to support LAND 129

The Melbourne-based firm’s sensor technology has been selected for integration on the ADF’s next-generation tactical UAS platforms.

The Melbourne-based firm’s sensor technology has been selected for integration on the ADF’s next-generation tactical UAS platforms.

Defence has confirmed that Ascent Vision Technologies (AVT) Australia has been selected to supply its advanced CM234 Spitfire camera gimbal for incorporation into the Australian Army’s future tactical unmanned aerial systems (UAS) as part of the Tactical UAS Replacement and Enhancement Project (LAND 129 Phase 3).


The sensor technology aims to enhance intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capability by leveraging an imaging system that uses electro-optical, short wave and medium wave infrared cameras, along with laser range finding and target designation technology.

Director General Army Aviation Systems, Brigadier James Allen, described the technology as a “generational leap in optical camera sensor and image stabilisation technology”.

“The Spitfire camera gimbal is an extremely lightweight sensor package that provides a day-and-night surveillance and reconnaissance capability on the installed aircraft, which will significantly boost Army’s tactical UAS capabilities,” BRIG Allen said.

“UAS are a key component of Army’s ISR capability, with some smaller unmanned systems used last year on Operation Bushfire Assist.”

According to Assistant Secretary Defence Capability and Innovation, Andrew Hodgkinson, the Spitfire camera sensor technology demonstrates Australia’s growing sovereign industrial capability, supported by government funding via the Defence Innovation Hub.  

“This Australian invention will allow capabilities traditionally reserved for manned aviation systems to be introduced on tactical unmanned aerial systems,” Hodgkinson observed.

The technology is set to support UAS platforms developed by either Insitu Pacific Limited or Textron Systems Australia, which have been selected as the final two companies in the tender evaluation process for LAND 129 Phase 3.

The government is expected to announce its final decision later this year.


[Related: AVT Australia wins ‘eye in the sky’ contract for Australian Army]

AVT Australia tapped to support LAND 129
lawyersweekly logo

Key decision-makers and stakeholders within the defence industry will converge at the inaugural Defence Connect AIC Summit for 2021 to discuss improving Australian Industrial Capability to increase the nation's sovereign production, defence capability and resilience. Register your interest to attend today! Limited spaces available. Register your interest to attend, visit: www.defenceconnect.com.au/aic-summit

more from defence connect

Jun 24 2021
Defence extends funding for high-profile quantum computing project
After making a breakthrough in quantum computing and additively manufactured materials, two international research collaborations ...
Markforged 3D printer
Jun 24 2021
Markforged releases field-deployable industrial 3D printer
The X7 FE is a ruggedised, field-deployable industrial 3D printer for tactical response to inventory challenges in remote location...
Babcock signs tripartite agreement with UK Ukraine
Jun 24 2021
Babcock signs tripartite agreement with UK, Ukraine
The global defence firm is set to lead Ukraine’s naval capability enhancement program in co-operation with a number of industry ...