Australia — ScanEagle’s final flight

The ScanEa­gle Unmanned Aer­i­al Vehi­cle (UAV) has flown its last mis­sion in Afghanistan, with the Shad­ow 200 Tac­ti­cal Unmanned Aer­i­al Sys­tem (TUAS) tak­ing over the sur­veil­lance role in full.

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ScanEa­gle UAV
Source: Aus­tralian Depart­ment of Defence
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Joint Oper­a­tions Chief Lieu­tenant Gen­er­al Ash Pow­er said the ScanEa­gle had pro­vid­ed con­stant intel­li­gence, sur­veil­lance and recon­nais­sance sup­port to ground ele­ments in Afghanistan since 2007.

“Dur­ing that time the ScanEa­gle has made sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions to the force pro­tec­tion and sit­u­a­tion­al aware­ness of the coali­tion force sol­dier on the ground,” he said.

“This was an aver­age of 22 hours per day over the four-year-and-10-month peri­od – a tremen­dous effort.”

About 180 Aus­tralian Defence Force per­son­nel deployed in sup­port of the ScanEa­gle, most­ly from 20th Sur­veil­lance and Tar­get Acqui­si­tion Reg­i­ment, with ele­ments from 16th Air Defence Reg­i­ment, Defence Imagery and Geospa­tial Organ­i­sa­tion, 1st Topo­graph­ic Sur­vey Squadron and 16th Avi­a­tion Brigade.

“ScanEa­gle has been the vehi­cle for the Aus­tralian Army to devel­op its UAV capa­bil­i­ty and the Army is now tak­ing the next step by employ­ing the Shad­ow 200 TUAS,” Lieu­tenant Gen­er­al Pow­er said.

Dur­ing its five years in oper­a­tion in Afghanistan, ScanEa­gles flew about 32,000 hours in more than 6,200 mis­sions in sup­port of the Recon­struc­tion Task Force, Men­tor­ing and Recon­struc­tion Task Force, MTF, Com­bined Team – Uruz­gan and the Spe­cial Oper­a­tions Task Group.

Press release
Min­is­te­r­i­al Sup­port and Pub­lic Affairs,
Depart­ment of Defence,
Can­ber­ra, Aus­tralia