The Australian Army and the Defence Innovation Hub have awarded an Army Innovation Day contract valued at over $1 million to SYPAQ to develop and demonstrate a next generation battlefield logistics small unmanned aerial system (UAS).
The UAS will be called the Precision Payload Delivery System (PPDS) and will be used by Australian soldiers.
“Army’s soldiers will get the opportunity to test this platform later this year and guide the development of advanced capabilities like the PPDS,” said Head of Land Capability, Major General Kath Toohey, AM, CSC, who added that robotic innovations were key for the Army adapting to the challenges of the modern and future battlefield.
“Defence units have an enduring need to be able to resupply their combat forces in the most hazardous environments,” said Australia’s Minister for Defence Industry, Linda Reynolds. “Ensuring our Defence Force personnel have the most innovative, cutting-edge technology will ensure they are supported in their mission to defend Australia and its interests on the battlefield.”
SYPAQ is a 100% Australian owned business and the company has been awarded five innovation contracts for concept exploration and capability demonstration since the Defence Innovation Hub was established in December 2016.