The Commonwealth has shelved plans to procure the Schiebel CAMCOPTER S-100, originally selected as part of SEA 129 Phase 5 Block 1, to deliver the Royal Australian Navy with a fleet of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance drones.
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The CAMCOPTER was originally single sourced under the previous Coalition government in May 2022, bypassing the tender process for the Maritime Unmanned Aircraft System Continuous Development program.
Alternative contractors to put forward for SEA 129 Phase 5 Block 1 included BAE Systems Australia, Northrop Grumman Australia, and Insitu Pacific.
The CAMCOPTER S-100 bid was supported by Raytheon Australia.
Originally reported by the ABC, the project was costed at $1.3 billion.
The capability was expected to provide intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance support to the Anzac Class and Arafura Class ships.
Defence Connect has reached out to the Department of Defence for comment.
More to follow.