AVT completes flight prototypes for Micro Gimbal contract

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AVT Australia has completed the milestones set out under the Defence Innovation Hub Micro Gimbal contract ready for flight demonstrations to the Australian Defence Force.

It included a detailed Micro Gimbal design review, test readiness review, and a technology demonstration.

The company said that achieving the milestones provided it and the ADF with valuable information and insight into further technical progression of the Micro Gimbal.

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Development of the Micro Gimbal commenced in June 2018 at AVT Australia’s Research and Development facility in Melbourne and has now progressed to a state where it is ready for demonstrations in a flight environment.

The system is fully stabilised with two-axis rotation, and incorporates an EO ultra-zoom sensor, a custom thermal core, and advanced onboard video processing.

Optimised for integration into a sub 2kg sUAS, the Micro Gimbal weighs as little as 220g and measures 102mm height by 70mm in diameter.

Thomas Loveard, CTO at AVT Australia, said: “The Micro Gimbal is an exciting project for the R&D team at AVT Australia. The Micro Gimbal has progressed to a point where it is ready for initial flight demonstrations. The ADF’s contract goals were set to produce the worlds-best technology performance levels, and we have had to be innovative in all our engineering departments to push the art of the possible to deliver that.”

Adding: “Our R&D team has grown to support the development of the Micro Gimbal, which exists alongside our large development pipeline. We look forward to demonstrating the system in a flight environment to the ADF. We are committed to developing the world’s best Micro Gimbal system for future consideration of the Australian Army, which could provide a significant capability edge in a future battlefield environment.”

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