2 July, 2021, Bozeman, Montana – Following a successful career in the U.S. Navy, Dale Heinken joined Ascent Vision Technologies (AVT) as President of AVT Australia in Melbourne, Victoria. Heinken brings extensive leadership skills to the team, along with experience in the deployment and operation of AVT’s technology.
Dale Heinken, a retired Navy Captain, served 26 years that started at the U.S. Naval Academy and finished as the Commanding Officer of USS Boxer (LHD-4), a 42,000-ton Wasp-class amphibious assault ship with over 1200 Sailors. It was during this final assignment where Heinken had his first experience overseeing the deployment and operation of AVT’s counter small unmanned aerial system (C-sUAS) technology.
While deployed on USS Boxer in 2019, the U.S. Marine Corps’ (USMC) Light Marine Air Defense Integrated System (LMADIS), was used to detect, identify, and defeat an Iranian drone that threatened the USS Boxer’s safe conduct of flight operations by flying close to the ship. The LMADIS is a product developed by the USMC Ground Based Air Defense (GBAD), AVT, and other partner suppliers and the only mobile solution that was approved by the Joint C-sUAS Office. The system incorporates AVT’s innovative CM202U CUAS optic and CUAS Suite integration software, which were the result of a rapid prototype development and full systems integration effort with AVT as the lead integrator.
“I am truly blessed to serve as the President of AVT Australia” said Dale Heinken, “I was fortunate to serve with many great people while in uniform, and I continue to be fortunate by joining this team. The AVT Australia team is stacked with brilliant, dedicated, and personable people that embody excellence. Additionally, I believe in the products that AVT fields. On the 2019 USS Boxer deployment, LMADIS was the most capable system we had to defeat the sUAS threat. I look forward to leading this team in continuing to provide capable systems to defeat hostile or belligerent threats in the future.”
“We are excited to have Dale as part of the AVT Australia leadership team” said AVT President, Lee Dingman. “His vast experience in leading organizations throughout a 26-year naval career, his background as an engineer, and his status as a user of Australian and US technology in combat environments, make him the perfect fit to lead AVT Australia’s future growth. It is extra special that he has been able to return with his daughters and wife to her home country and continue his service in the defense of Australia with domestically developed capabilities.”
As President of AVT Australia, Heinken will play a critical role in leading the executive team. In addition to running day-to-day operations and management of the organization, Heinken will provide strategic leadership to further strengthen AVT Australia’s operations and grow the organization in order to ensure the continuous delivery of engineering and manufacturing excellence. Heinken’s commitment to service is perfectly aligned to AVT Australia’s strategic objective.