Australia has shortlisted teams headed by BAE Systems Australia and Raytheon Australia for its industry capability partner requirement supporting the Royal Australian Air Force's planned broad area maritime surveillance (BAMS) unmanned air vehicle acquisition.
BAE Systems is teamed with L-3 Communications, while Raytheon Australia is teamed with Boeing Australia.
Canberra plans to acquire the same UAV as that selected by the US Navy under a bilateral co-operation agreement finalised in January. The requirement calls for integration of BAMS aircraft and ground control systems into the Australian Defence Force's common intelligence and command-and-control architectures.
The Australian shortlist ejects a high-profile team formed around Northrop Grumman, Tenix Defence Systems and Saab Systems Australia.