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Early delivery of Shadow 200 Unmanned Aerial System



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Minister for Defence and Minister for Defence Materiel - Joint Media Release - Early Delivery of Shadow 200 Unmanned Aerial System

29 March 2012

Minister for Defence Stephen Smith and Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare

today announced that a second Shadow 200 Tactical Unmanned Aerial System (TUAS)

will be delivered for use by Australian troops preparing to deploy to Afghanistan,

almost one year ahead of schedule.

The first of the two Shadow 200 Tactical Unmanned Aerial systems was delivered in

August 2011 and is currently operational in Afghanistan.

The Shadow 200 system captures full motion video during both day and night

operations which can be sent back to a ground control station up to 125 kilometres

away. It can recognise targets on the ground while operating at an altitude of up to

8000 feet.

Each Shadow 200 System comprises five aircraft, ground control stations, a launch

and recovery element, and associated equipment, logistics and training.

The US Army and Marines first used the system in Iraq and have been using it

operationally in Afghanistan. Other nations such as Sweden and Italy are also

procuring the Shadow 200 system.

The Shadow 200 system has been purchased through the United States Foreign

Military Sales program. Originally scheduled to be delivered in the first half of 2013,

the United States has now agreed to deliver the second system to Australia in the first

half of this year.

The accelerated delivery of the second system will enable Australian troops preparing

to deploy to Afghanistan to train with the Shadow 200 system in Australia.

The first Shadow 200 system is currently operating in Afghanistan and will be certified

as fully operational in the near future. It has already completed more than 220 hours

of successful testing and training.

The two Shadow 200 systems are being acquired through Joint Project 129 (Phase 2)

at a total cost of over $90 million.

Imagery is available at:

http://images.defence.gov.au/fotoweb/Grid.fwx?archiveId=5003=&search=11122502

Media Contacts:

Mr Smith - Ellen Shields 0400 347 473

Mr Clare - Korena Flanagan 0418 251 316

Defence Media Operations - (02) 6127 1999