Sentient’s Kestrel to be deployed on AeroVironment Wasp® AE for Australian Defence Force Small UAS Program

Published on: June 2017

Melbourne, Australia, 2 June, 2017


Sentient Vision Systems is pleased to announce that its Kestrel automated object detection software will be deployed by the Australian Defence Force (ADF) with the AeroVironment Wasp® AE Small Unmanned Aircraft System (SUAS).

In a media release on 1st June, Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, and Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, announced that the acquisition of the WASP AE will include capability from Sentient and partners GD Mediaware and XTEK.  The systems are being acquired under a new SUAS program to provide the ADF with world-class surveillance and reconnaissance capability for Australian soldiers on the front-line.

“Sentient is grateful to the Australian Government for its continued support of Australian SME’s like ours and the valuable role we play in providing unique capabilities to the Australian war-fighter.” said Simon Olsen, Sentient’s Director of Business Development, Strategy and Partnerships. “It is a privilege to be a part of this successful team in collaboration with our good partners to provide critical situational awareness to the courageous men and women of the ADF.”

“Wasp AE provides all environment situational awareness in a highly portable package,” said Kirk Flittie, AeroVironment vice president and general manager of its Unmanned Aircraft Systems business segment. “Along with our Australian partners XTEK, GD Mediaware and Sentient, we look forward to supporting and protecting ADF forces with the industry’s leading small UAS capabilities.”

Kestrel is a software solution that automatically detects small moving objects on land or small objects on the surface of the ocean, in real-time within EO/IR sensor feeds. Kestrel specializes in detecting objects that are difficult for the operator to see, such as vehicles and people moving in challenging land environments or small boats and people in the water. With Kestrel, operators are able to use wide field of view settings to cover larger search areas with a higher probability of detection.


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Sentient Vision Systems develops and deploys computer vision solutions for defense and civil applications. Since 1999 Sentient has specialized in video analytics with a primary focus on the development of automated detection software for full motion video. With over 1,000 systems deployed, Sentient’s solutions enhance the performance of EO/IR operations for many agencies and forces worldwide.


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