Robots, greater simulated battlefields and Unmanned-Aerial-Vehicles (UAV) are part of Defence SA’s ambitions for the Cultana Training Area (CUTA).
A recent report, ‘Cultana 2040: A Vision for Enhanced and Integrated Military Training in South Australia’, highlights needs of the next 25 years for the Upper Spencer Gulf-based facility.
Delivering a ‘holistic approach to multiple lines of development’, the report aims to target the use of the Australian Army, Royal Australian Navy and Royal Australian Air Force.
According to the report, the ideal vision for CUTA would see the base feature autonomous, unmanned and robotic equipment which support military training and operations including targets, aerial, maritime and ground surveillance, reconnaissance or logistics vehicles.
There also appears to be plans for changes to the physical dimensions of the base.
“(This) includes additional urban operations training facilities and has sufficient air-space to train UAV operators from the Royal Australian Navy, Army and Royal Australian Air Force,” the report said.
One key component included range Instrumentation for greater training flexibility in scenarios and training outcomes.
This would feature a ‘fit-out’ of weapons to replace live ammunition with a ‘laser system’.
The report also highlights the need for live, virtual and constructive training which includes the training of UAV.
And to meet the demands of the future autonomous,unmanned and robotic systems should be used to help develop and research the use of autonomous vehicles.
State Minister for Defence Industries Martin Hamilton-Smith said the big opportunity is in ‘Port Augusta’s backyard’.
“There are great opportunities in infrastructure and that will include a part stand, the erection of buildings, fencing, and other hard infrastructure at the site,” he said.
Mr Hamilton-Smith said other economic benefits include demand for consumables such as petrol, fresh food and recreation.
There’s also great opportunities for businesses to make direct sales to the ADF through tender opportunities.
With defence spending in the Woomera area reaching ‘$1 billion over the next decade’, it’s a great opportunity for Port Augusta businesses.
The report said major limitations are the financial and human resources or equipment available to deliver all of the training scenarios required for the Australian Defence Force’s force generation requirements.