Australia — Shadow Tactical Unmanned Aerial System commences Afghan operations

The Shad­ow 200 Tac­ti­cal Unmanned Aer­i­al Sys­tem (TUAS) has offi­cial­ly com­menced oper­a­tions in Afghanistan, pro­vid­ing an enhanced capa­bil­i­ty to the Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force.

The Shad­ow 200 TUAS is designed to con­duct Intel­li­gence, Sur­veil­lance, Tar­get Acqui­si­tion and Recon­nais­sance (ISTAR) oper­a­tional sup­port, enhanc­ing the deci­sion cycle of the sup­port force ele­ment, through the employ­ment of its sensors. 

The Shad­ow 200 TUAS replaces the ScanEa­gle which has been in oper­a­tion since mid 2007. 

Chief of Joint Oper­a­tions, Lieu­tenant Gen­er­al Ash Pow­er said the ScanEa­gle has pro­vid­ed con­stant intel­li­gence, sur­veil­lance, and recon­nais­sance sup­port to ground ele­ments 24/7 for near­ly five years. 

“Dur­ing that time the ScanEa­gle has made sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions to the force pro­tec­tion and sit­u­a­tion­al aware­ness of the Coali­tion Force sol­dier on the ground,” Lieu­tenant Gen­er­al Pow­er said. 

“This was an aver­age of 22 hours per day over the four years and 10 month peri­od — a tremen­dous effort. Approx­i­mate­ly 180 ADF per­son­nel deployed in sup­port of ScanEa­gle, with the bulk from 20th Sur­veil­lance and Tar­get Acqui­si­tion Reg­i­ment. Oth­er con­tribut­ing units include 16 Air Defence Reg­i­ment, Defence Imagery and Geospa­tial Organ­i­sa­tion, 1st Topo­graph­i­cal Sur­vey Squadron and 16 Avi­a­tion Brigade. 

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

Since being deployed to Afghanistan mid 2007 the ScanEa­gle has flown approx­i­mate­ly 32,000 hours in Afghanistan and over 6,200 mis­sions in sup­port of the Recon­struc­tion Task Force, Men­tor­ing and Recon­struc­tion Task Force, Men­tor­ing Task Force, Com­bined Team — Uruz­gan and the Spe­cial Oper­a­tions Task Group. 

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

Team GlobDef

Seit 2001 ist im Internet unterwegs, um mit eigenen Analysen, interessanten Kooperationen und umfassenden Informationen für einen spannenden Überblick der Weltlage zu sorgen. war dabei die erste deutschsprachige Internetseite, die mit dem Schwerpunkt Sicherheitspolitik außerhalb von Hochschulen oder Instituten aufgetreten ist.

Alle Beiträge ansehen von Team GlobDef →