The firms have agreed to collaborate to develop new UAS technology for the Australian Defence Force.
Insitu Pacific and Perth-based aeronautical technology company Innovaero have signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA), aimed at strengthening collaboration for the development of enhanced uncrewed aerial systems (UAS) capability.
Insitu Pacific is expected to provide its common architecture software and ground control solutions to accelerate the delivery of Innovaero’s vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) InnovaeroFOX UAS.
As part of the MOA, the firms will also explore opportunities to onboard Innovaero to support Insitu Pacific’s global supply chain.
Andrew Duggan, managing director of Insitu Pacific, said the MOA would build sovereign industrial capability.
“As part of Boeing, Insitu Pacific has extensive experience in autonomous systems technology projects in Australia and across the region, and we look forward to leveraging this experience to work with Innovaero on new opportunities,” Duggan said.
Innovaero Group CEO Simon Grosser added, “We are delighted to begin working with Insitu Pacific and Boeing on areas of mutual interest.
“I am very proud that as a 100 per cent Australian-owned company, Innovaero has been able to demonstrate a sovereign design and manufacturing capability that is clearly world class.”
The firms also aim to explore ways to support interoperability of UAS platforms, enabling them to be deployed by the Australian Defence Force and regional Asia-Pacific defence forces.
“Innovaero recognises that partnerships with established defence prime systems integrators such as Boeing’s Insitu Pacific, along with ongoing support and encouragement from the Australian government, are key to accessing global markets for unique, Australian products such as FOX,” Grosser said.