June 2, 2021

AAUS Unmanned Systems in Defence Conference

Organised in association with AMDA Foundation, the Australian Association for Unmanned Systems conference at Land Forces 2021 (www.landforces.com.au) will attract Defence, Industry & Academia from around the world to present, promote and discuss unmanned technologies.

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 objective of the AAUS Unmanned Systems in Defence conference is to promote engagement between defence and defence industry, on the highly evolving use of autonomy and unmanned systems for defence applications.


Held in conjunction with Land Forces 2021 

Date: June 2, 2021 

Time:  9am to 4pm

Registration: This event will be open to all LAND FORCES trade visitors, exhibitors and conference delegates however, registration fees apply. Registration will open at a later date.

Location: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre


Conference Themes

The themes will cover:

  • Updates on ADF Programs involving unmanned systems in land, sea and air domains.
  • Emerging unmanned system technology relevant to these Defence programs.
  • Manned – Unmanned system teaming.
  • Innovation and R&D on novel unmanned systems relevant to defence.
  • Operational perspectives gained from the use of unmanned systems in a defence setting.  
  • Safety and regulatory considerations for the use of autonomous systems



Wednesday June 2, 2021

0900Reece Clothier (AAUS)Welcome
0905LTCOL Rod Lang (Australian Army)Army Program Update
0930Andrew Kirby (Navy Capability Division)Navy RAS-AI
0955WGCDR Scott Barter (Royal Australian Air Force)Air Force Program Update
1020Morning Tea Break (catered)
1050Associate Prof Simon Ng (TAS DCRC)Trusted Autonomous Systems: Disruptive Innovation through “smart, small and many”
1115Dr Terry Martin (Revolution Aerospace)Bringing mass to the modern battlespace: How UAVs will impact the modern world of ISREW
1140Jack Kormas (Textron Systems Australia)TBC
1205Michael Creagh (Skyborne Technologies)Development of an Armed SUAS - Cerberus GL
1230Andrew Duggan (Insitu Pacific)Autonomy and One to Many Control – future options for Army RPAS
1255Adrian Dudok (Skyborne Technologies)Weaponised UAS Testing in Australia
1320Lunch Break (catered)
1410Jim Bethell (Swan Drone Services)Maritime Drone Searching
1435Ryan Hodson (Defence)Spectrum Outlook for UxS and C-UxS
1500Branden Fipps (BAE Systems)Collaborating with Army to shape the future of Land Autonomy
1525Timothy Broomhead (BAE Systems)Advancing Sovereign Autonomous
Capability through Machine understanding and Decision making
1550Jim Parkes (Qinetiq)The Queensland Flight Test Range
1610Conference End



Registration for the AAUS Unmanned Systems in Defence conference is now open via the official Land Forces website.  You can register for this event as part of registering for the Land Forces 2021 Expo.


Registration Pricing

  • AAUS Member: $295 
  • Defence / Government: $295
  • Industry (non-member): $345

All pricing inclusive of GST

What’s Included in your Registration?

  • Access to speaker presentations post event.
  • Conference catering (Morning Tea, Barrista Coffee and Lunch)
  • 2 hour AAUS Conference Networking Function (on evening of June 2, 2021)


Conference Networking Function Details

Join us after the conference for a relaxed evening overlooking the beach front.


  • Southbank Beer Garden (7 minute walk from the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre). 
  • Smokehouse BBQ station and beverages provided.
  • 6pm – 8pm
  • Smart casual dress code


Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities for the AAUS Unmanned Systems in Defence conference are now available.

AAUS conference LF21 Sponsorship Prospectus


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About Land Forces 2021

Presented with support from the Australian Army, the biennial LAND FORCES exposition is an international industry event to showcase equipment, technology and services for the armies of Australia and the Indo-Asia-Pacific.

The 2018 event set new records, with more than 15,000 attendances across its three days, including 624 participating companies from 26 countries and 74 defence trade and industry delegations from 36 countries. The event also hosted 21 associated conferences, seminars and symposia.

“The LAND FORCES Exposition is an event of national, regional and international significance,” said Ian Honnery, Chief Executive of Industry Defence and Security Australia Limited.

“It is the region’s premier platform for engagement and exchange of ideas between Army, Defence, Government, academia and industry.

Land Forces website