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WORLD NEWS 11
Army March 3, 2011
By Sgt Andrew Hetherington
SOLDIERS from 20 STA Regt
are in the US training on the
ADF's newest and most advanced
Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) --
the Shadow 200.
The first of two systems purchased
is due to come into service at the end
of this year, replacing the ScanEagle.
They will be operated by 20 STA
Regt, based at Gallipoli Barracks,
Enoggera, by 100 personnel in two
troops consisting of five aircraft each.
Manager Joint Project 129 Maj Keirin
Joyce said 17 personnel from 20 STA
Regt were taking part in three differ-
ent courses with US counterparts at
Fort Huachuca in Arizona.
Maj Joyce said warrant officers,
lieutenants and captains would com-
plete a six-week platoon leader course
and ORs a 17-week operator course.
Maintenance staff will complete a
14-week technician maintainer course.
"Some of the guys participating in
the training are qualified ScanEagle
instructors and will stay on to com-
plete an additional four-week Shadow
200 instructor course," Maj Joyce said.
During the next 18 months, 100
personnel will have rotated through
the US training programs.
By the end of 2012, Army aims to
be running its own training courses.
Bdr Damian Young started the
operator course last October.
"So far we've completed an
u nmanned ground school qualify-
ing us to fly the aircraft in US air-
space under US Federal Aviation
Administration rules," Bdr Young
"We've also completed an emplace
and displace module covering how to
bring into action the seven pieces of
equipment of a UAS detachment, to
get the aircraft into the air.
"So far the course hasn't been dif-
ficult and my favourite component
was the unmanned ground school
and how well the flight rules were
He said he was looking forward to
operating the aircraft on deployment
"The two best things about the
Shadow 200 are its versatile sensor
payload for day and night operations
and the laser designating capabilities,"
Bdr Young said.E
"It's a big improvement over the
The Shadow 200 UAS is collec-
tively used by 115 platoons of the US
Army and Marines.
Maj Joyce said the aircraft, which
US forces had flown extensively in
Iraq and Afghanistan, would greatly
enhance the ADF's UAS capabilities.
"It's a massive step up in capabil-
ity, as ScanEagle at the moment only
carries one camera at a time on each
mission," he said.
"The Shadow 200 has a more
extensive payload consisting of mul-
Coming to a sky near you
Shadow 200 UAS
Endurance: seven hours
Maximum altitude: 15,000ft
Maximum speed: 203kmh
Multiple payload capability.
Multiple launch and recovery
Operates with AVGAS.
Modular system design for
Prepare for take off: Bdr Damian Young (left) and LBdr Anthony Dunphy, both from 20 STA Regt, prepare
a Shadow 200 UAS to be placed on its launcher.
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