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Northrop Grumman and RMIT University Study Operation of Unmanned Aircraft in Australia

May 15, 2014

Northrop Grumman Corp. announced it is collaborating with the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University to study airworthiness requirements for operating unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in Australia.

According to a release, the collaboration involves developing solutions for safely and efficiently operating UAS in all airspace environments with a particular focus on larger systems the size of small commercial jets.

"As a producer of large-scale unmanned aircraft systems, our goal is not only to provide the aircraft, but also to understand fully the Australian government's needs to certify them for operation," said Ian Irving, chief executive for Northrop Grumman Australia. "We're extremely excited to work with RMIT University because of their leadership in the development of innovative approaches to civil and military airspace regulatory reform and air vehicle certification."

Northrop Grumman has 70 years' experience producing unmanned vehicles and has delivered more than 100,000 unmanned aircraft systems to military customers in the U.S. and around the world.

Reece Clothier, from RMIT's Sir Lawrence Wackett Aerospace Research Centre, said, "Northrop Grumman is a leading provider of high-altitude unmanned aircraft systems that will provide a transformative capability to the Australian Defence Force [ADF]. In collaboration with Northrop Grumman and the ADF, we will help establish a plan for bringing this unique capability into service."

More information:

www.northropgrumman.com

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