At approximately 10am on March 27, the vertical takeoff and landing UAV crashed while conducting flying conversion training for Royal Australian Navy personnel, a spokesperson for Defence told Australian Defence Business Review.
“The UAV operator declared an emergency in accordance with standard operating procedures,” the spokesperson said in a statement. “As a result of the crash, a small fire ignited, which was quickly contained by Defence and local fire services. An assessment into the cause of the incident is under way.”
A contract signed with Schiebel includes two CAMCOPTER air vehicles with mission control systems, as well as engineering, logistics and operational support, with in-country support being provided by BAE Systems and Unmanned Systems Australia, Navy Daily reported on February 13.