The Shadow 200 Tactical Unmanned Aerial System (TUAS) has officially commenced operations in Afghanistan replacing 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,” LTGEN Power said.
“This was an average of 22 hours per day over the four years and 10 month period - a
“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.”
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.
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.
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