Adelaide, September 6, 2018

Organised in association with Land Defence Australia Limited, the Australian Association for Unmanned Systems conference at Land Forces 2018 ( will attract Defence, Industry & Academia from around the world to present, promote and discuss unmanned technologies.

The 2018 conference will be held on Thursday September 6, 2018 at the Adelaide Convention Centre during the Land Forces event and will focus on unmanned technologies relevant to future defence programs, particularly land force applications.

The themes will cover unmanned technologies relevant to LAND 129 Phase 4A & 4B, AMP024.32, AMP024.33, AMP023.34, NMP 1942, SEA 129 Phase 5, AIR 7000 Phase 1b and AIR 7003. AAUS events are focused on broadening professional relationships amongst members and key industry end users.

Our events are strongly supported by key Defence personnel and there will be opportunities to meet with them during the conference and at the conference dinner. The conference dinner will be held on Thursday September 6 following the conference (venue TBC).


0900   Opening: Reg Carruthers (Defence SA)

0915   Army UAS Program:  LTCOL Keirin Joyce (UAS Sub-Program Manager, Australian Army)

0955   Making sense of big data: Insitu platforms and analytics shaping the next generation of UAS: Bradley Jeisman (Insitu Pacific)

1025   Airbus Zephyr and Australian based stratospheric operations: Nigel Chandler (Head of Zephyr Sales, Airbus)

1055   Morning Tea

1120   The Factors Influencing UAV Operations from Warships: CAPT Grant O’Loughlan (Aviation Director, Surface Combatants and Aviation Branch, Royal Australian Navy)

1150   Aerosonde: Evolution of an Engineering and Manufacturing RPAS Capability:   Jack Kormas (Managing Director, Textron Systems Australia)

1220   A Proposed Strategic Direction for ADF RPAS:  Peggy MacTavish (VP – Civil and Defence Services, Elbit Systems of Australia)

1250   Lunch

1340   Air Force RPAS Update: WGCDR Mark Miles (Deputy Director, RPAS, Air Force Headquarters (AFHQ) Air Combat Capability Directorate)

1410   21st Century UAS Training: Jim Chittenden (Director, Global Strategy and Market Development – UAS, CAE)

1440   The 3rd Offset: UAVs and Australia: Dr Terry Martin (Applied Research Lead, Nova Systems)

1510   Afternoon Tea

1530   Regulating for the Future: WGCDR Nick Dyce-McGowan and MAJ Glenn Pinnuck (Airworthiness Coordination and Policy Agency, Defence Aviation Safety Authority)

1600   The Importance of Logistics in Unmanned Operations: Mark Palmer (CTO, Ocean Software) 

1630   Intelligent Watch Dog – Role in Autonomous Warrior 2018: Dr Andrew Lucas (Managing Director, AOS Group) and Scott Reeman (Northrop Grumman Australia)

1700   Conference close



A conference dinner is available at additional cost and usually provides a great networking opportunity in a relaxed environment.  The AAUS conference dinner will be held on the evening of Thursday September 6, following the conference.

Dinner Venue: Attenborough Room, Sanctuary Adelaide Zoo, Plane Tree Drive, Adelaide.

Time: Predinner drinks and networking from 6:30pm, dinner from 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm



  • AAUS Member: $395
  • Defence & Government:  $395
  • Industry:  $495
  • Academia:  $315
  • Conference Dinner option:  $85

Pricing is Ex-GST. Speakers and Sponsors are registered at no cost for the conference and conference dinner.

Registration is now open and can be completed via the official Land Forces website.  (You register for the Land Forces Expo at the same time).

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