March 30, 2020

The replacement of the Army’s Shadow 200 Tactical Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) through project LAND 129 Phase 3 has progressed to the tendering process, with four companies shortlisted to tender for the project.

The four down-selected companies are:

  • Insitu Pacific Pty Ltd
  • Leidos Australia
  • Raytheon Australia Pty Ltd
  • Textron Systems Australia Pty Ltd

With the down-selection, he program has progressed to the tendering process.  The four companies were selected through an abbreviated Invitation To Register process and will be provided a detailed Request for Tender (RFT), to further explore plans and conceptual integration designs. 

Deputy Director Army UAS Projects Andrew McKinnon said there are a number of local companies already involved in the Australian Defence Force’s Unmanned Systems space. “These companies are encouraged to continue their engagement with the LAND 129 Phase 3 down-selected tenderers in order to deliver a world class capability,” McKinnon said. “Unmanned Aerial Systems are a key component of Army’s Surveillance and Reconnaissance capability, with some smaller Unmanned Systems recently being used on Operation Bushfire Assist.”

The next phase of the project will focus on a competitive evaluation of more comprehensive tendered solutions from the four Primes, prior to progressing the project to Government consideration in 2021.

There are opportunities for Australian Industry to participate in the competitive bids for each of the four down-selected companies. 

Companies with relevant capabilities (such as composite manufacturing, payloads, mechanical assembly, training, warehouse support, logistical support, RPAS operations and maintenance) should register interest with the 4 down-selected companies via the following contact points:


  • Insitu Pacific

Contact Tom Myers
AIC Lead

  • Leidos Australia

Register interest through or by emailing an Expression of Interest (which is to include a Capability Statement related to Land 129 Phase 3) to

  • Raytheon Australia

Register interest through

  • Textron Systems Australia

Register interest through the ICN Gateway