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26 Dec 13. Navy Formalising UAS tender. The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) is set to launch a tender for the procurement of unmanned aerial system. To this end, the Defence Materiel Organisation has announced a pre-release notice for the Navy Minor Project (NMP). The Naval Unmanned Aerial System (NUAS) are intended to be used from the Armidale Class Patrol Boat (ACPB). The NUAS is a new capability for the RAN, and this is considered a ‘Proof of Concept’. A tender is expected in early 2014. No further detail has been made available as yet. It was in 2007 that the concept of using UAS from the Armidale boat was first tested. AeroVironment completed sea trials of its hand-launched, water-landing Tier One Aqua Puma mini-UAV for the RAN to explore adding a UAS capability to the Navy’s new Armidale class patrol boats. Later that year, Insitu Pacific’s ScanEagle fixed-wind, long endurance UAV was also scheduled to be tested but this failed to eventuate. The role of the Armidale class patrol boats is to operate and protect Australia’s Maritime Jurisdictional Zones by carrying out surveillance, interception, investigation, apprehension and the escort of vessels suspected of illegal fisheries, quarantine, customs or immigration offences to local ports. These vessels primarily operate in northern Australian waters ensuring interdiction of foreign fishing vessels that may have strayedinto Australian waters. The UAS is required to provide real-time intelligence for the crew aboard the patrol boats and play an important role in surveillance missions while still allowing the boat to operate in normal cruise speed. Given the limited space onboard, the UAS must be able to be assembled and launched in the confines of the patrol boat. (Source: MPI – Hawk Information)

01 Jan 14. Tender for next phase of Satellite Communications systems Project expected in March. The Australian Defence Force’s project to deploy an integrated Wideband Satellite Communications system, titled Joint Project 2008, is set to reach its next procurement milestone. With Phase 5A in progress, the ADF is will launch a tender for Phase 5B in March 2014. Joint Project 2008 (JP 2008) is a multi-phased proposal that provides strategic and tactical satellite communications capabilities to support ADF operations. Phase 5B intends to enhance the Australian Defence SATCOM capability through the delivery of a satellite ground station in the east of Australia for Wideband ground system anchoring and the delivery of transportable wideband ground terminals for land forces. A tender for Phase 5B is expected to be released in March 2014 and industry requirements will be based around developing and maintaining sufficient capability within Australian industry to undertake a range of through-life maintenance and support activities for ground segments. Phase 5A is in progress with the intention to deliver an ADF UHF SATCOM capability providing coverage over the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) including the Middle East Area of Operations. A contract for the provision of a hosted UHF payload was signed with Intelsat in April 2009. (Source: MPI – Hawk Information)

02 Jan 14. Canada set to begin Industrial Consultations for Future Trainer project. The Canadian government has begun a consultative process to engage the industry in discussing options for future pilot training for Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) pilots. The process is one of the first step to ensure that RCAF has a smooth transition following the expiration of the NATO Flying Training in Canada (NFTC) and Contracted Flying Training and Support (CFTS) contracts. To this end, Canada held an industrial engagement day on 4 February 2014 with one-on-one industrial meetings scheduled for 5 and 6 February. A draft RFP will only be made available to all participants who have signed and complied with the Rules of Engagement for a final review before the official RFP is published on Government Electronic Tendering Service (GETS). According to

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