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A Stirling business is making waves in Australia’s defence manufacturing sector, with the Morrison Government supporting Orbital UAV in developing sovereign capability and global opportunities.

Orbital UAV is a world leader in the design, development and manufacture of propulsion systems and flight critical components for military drones which are used for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance.

Federal Member for Stirling, Vince Connelly MP, along with Member for Defence Industry, the Hon. Melissa Price MP, recently toured the Balcatta headquarters to see the industrial capability Orbital UAV is delivering to their growing customer base of global defence prime contractors.

The visit comes after the Company received a $223,324 Defence Global Competitiveness Grant from the Federal Government to help them secure testing equipment that will increase quality control and production.

Mr Connelly said investment in businesses like Orbital UAV will ensure we have the sovereign defence industry capability we need in Australia to meet the challenges of a changing world. 

“Orbital has 70 employees in Australia and three in the U.S., and this support from our Government will help enable their further expansion.

“The UAV export market demand is increasing, and Orbital has already secured contracts with Defence primes such as Boeing and Textron, the latter being a world leader in UAVs and one of the largest suppliers to the United States.”

Orbital UAV CEO and Managing Director, Todd Alder, said the tour provided the opportunity to showcase the Company’s manufacture of integrated engine systems for military unmanned aerial vehicles.

“It was a privilege to welcome Minister Price and Mr Connelly to our growing manufacturing facility in Perth and provide them with an update on our production progress and future prospects.

“As an established defence industry supplier within the global UAV market, Orbital UAV continues to develop its capability and capacity to capture further international and national opportunities."

The Morrison Government is investing $700 million towards tactical UAVs through the 2020 Defence Strategic Update and Force Structure Plan.