Submitted by Dr Kamil Zuber

Foundation Fellow

The use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) for defence purposes has provided the Australian Defence Forces (ADF) with enhanced, new levels of intelligence gathering and protection, more so than ever before. ADF is becoming a UAS force with all three services set to possess their own advanced UAS capabilities to address respective operational requirements. However, with new capabilities come new vulnerabilities; namely that aircraft is visible when its brightness contrasts sharply with that of the sky.

In contrast to counter-illumination and counter-shading technologies of the past, the University of South Australia (UniSA), together with SYPAQ Systems Pty Ltd, proposes to make UAS difficult to identify. Using lightweight, thin film technology, UniSA offers unparalleled colour-matching and shading qualities, well suited to adaptive camouflage of UAS and broader military asset platforms.

Funding body

Next Generation Technology Fund (NGTF), Small Business Innovation Research for Defence (SBIRD)

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