Canberra-based company XTEK Ltd has been awarded a contract to provide repairs, maintenance and support services for the Australian Defence Force’s growing fleet of Wasp all-environment (AE) small unmanned aerial systems.
FILE PHOTO (May 2019): Corporal James Townsend, Combined Arms Training Centre, demonstrates the Wasp unmanned aerial system during Exercise Chong Ju 2019 at Puckapunyal Training Area, Victoria. Photo by Corporal Kyle Genner.
Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said this impressive capability allowed Australian soldiers to obtain a faster and better understanding of the battlefield, without exposing them to unnecessary risks.
“The Wasp AE small unmanned aerial system is small enough to be carried, assembled and used by one person allowing the soldier to see over the hill, around the corner and down the road,” Minister Price said.
“This new contract is for an initial term of three years with options to extend through to 2026, with an anticipated value of up to $5 million per year.”
The contract support services include procurement of spare parts, training, maintenance and repairs – including electronics and composite repairs – with work to be carried out at XTEK’s recently completed small unmanned aerial systems repair and maintenance facility in Canberra.
59 Wasp AE small unmanned aerial systems have been delivered to date, with a further 20 scheduled to arrive in 2020.
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