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I-View tactical UAVs selected for  service with the Australian Army
The Australian Defence Materiel Organisation has signed contracts with Boeing Australia Limited for the delivery and support of a Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (TUAV) capability for the Army. Boeing Australia, teamed with Israel Aircraft Industries, will provide the I-View UAV system. The Army’s TUAVs are scheduled to commence operational service in late 2009, operated by 132 Battery, of the 20th Surveillance and Target Acquisition Regiment, based at Gallipoli Barracks in Enoggera.

The I-View was selected by the Australian defence following a tough competition. The A$145 million (US$113 million) UAV project aims to provide the Australian Army with high precision day and night surveillance and targeting capability with accompanying ground systems.

I-View has a wingspan of 6.7 metres and has a fully automatic take-off and landing system that dramatically increases operational reliability. Its catapult launcher and unique parafoil landing concept enable it to be deployed and recovered from an uneven area smaller than a football field.
This capability will enable 24 hour surveillance for the protection of Australian forces and identification of enemy targets. The system will incorporate data link equipment based on the U.S. Common Data Link (CDL) standard to facilitate interoperability with allied forces.

Remote video terminals delivered as part of the mission system will allow all mounted or dismounted Army units to receive the images directly. These deployed units, communicating through radio relay capabilities onboard the TUAVs, will be able to direct the sensors to new areas of interest in near real-time, providing a vital edge to soldiers engaged in an increasingly complex and rapidly evolving battlespace.

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