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Australian Government acquires precision loitering munitions

The Australian Government has acquired the Switchblade 300 precision loitering munitions system to provide a critical combat edge and to add to drone capabilities available to the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

The Switchblade 300 is a lightweight, portable precision loitering munition system with superior payload, range, time to target, and operator functionality.

The acquisition of the Switchblade 300 is set to equip ADF personnel with world-leading lethality and protection.

The Switchblade 300 will add to the ADF’s large array of drones, including models that can be armed.

The ADF has several different types of non-armed drones and drones capable of being armed, including models that have been in service for more than a decade.

Defence expects the first Switchblade 300 will be delivered to Australia later this year and introduced into service in 2025.

Switchblade maritime target strike. Video courtesy of the Department of Defence. 

Minister for Defence Industry, the hon Pat Conroy MP, said the delivery of this system demonstrates the speed at which the Australian Government is helping introduce new capabilities to the ADF.

“With autonomous weapon systems increasingly prevalent, the Defence Strategic Review made clear that new technology and asymmetric advantage are important priorities. That’s why the Government is taking action to enhance the ADF’s use of drones,” said Conroy.

“The delivery of this proven precision loitering munition demonstrates the speed at which we are introducing capabilities to the ADF. It shows the Australian Government is getting on with the job of providing the ADF with state-of-the-art technologies it needs to meet the threats we face.”

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