The potential use by the Australian Defence Force of unmanned air, maritime and land platforms

25 June 2015

© Commonwealth of Australia 2015
ISBN 978-1-76010-227-2

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Committee Membership (PDF 24KB)
Abbreviations (PDF 8KB)
Recommendations (PDF 34KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction (PDF 32KB)

Conduct of inquiry
Policy context
Structure of the report

Chapter 2 - Background (PDF 459KB)

Unmanned platforms
UAV use by the United States
Proliferation of UAV capability
Stealth, combat and autonomy
Counter-UAV research focus
Increasing development of ground, surface and undersea vehicles
ADF use of unmanned platforms

Chapter 3 - Effectiveness (PDF 96KB)

Advantages of unmanned platforms
Cost effectiveness
Contested airspace
Communications and navigation
Complementary role to manned platforms
Reliability of UAVs

Chapter 4 - Defence policy issues (PDF 105KB)

Destabilising effect
Operation within Australia
Humanitarian emergencies and national support
Perceptions and transparency
Personnel issues
Armed unmanned platforms

Chapter 5 - Legal issues (PDF 110KB)

Law of armed conflict, international humanitarian law and human rights
Civilian operation of unmanned platforms
Autonomous weapons systems and unmanned platforms
Other legal and regulatory issues

Chapter 6 - Research, industry and procurement (PDF 59KB)

Research and development
Defence industrial base
Acquisition and procurement

Chapter 7 - Airspace regulation (PDF 40KB)

Regulatory developments
Defence UAVs in civilian airspace

Chapter 8 - Conclusion (PDF 60KB)

Armed platforms
Civilian support of unmanned platforms
International humanitarian law training
Rapid acquisition
Research and development
Defence and the unmanned platform industry
Deployment within Australia
Autonomous weapons systems
Air regulation

Appendix 1 - Submissions (PDF 7KB)
Appendix 2 - Tabled documents, answers to questions on notice and additional information (PDF 14KB)
Appendix 3 - Public hearings and witnesses (PDF 9KB)

Committee Secretariat contact:

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee
Department of the Senate
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Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3535