Micro Gimbal

In 2017, AVT Australia was selected to design and manufacture a revolutionary miniature gyro-stabilised imaging system for the Australian Defence Force. 


  • Object Classification
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Deep Learning
  • 50x EO Zoom
  • Long Range Enhanced IR
  • Sub 220g System

Official Press Release


AVT Australia Awarded $2 Million to Provide Pioneering Capability for Australian Army

AVT Australia has been awarded the fourth largest Defence Innovation Hub contract, valuing approximately $2 million, for the development of a micro gimbal that will support the Australian Army, and demonstrate a sovereign industrial capability. 

The micro gimbal project aims to provide 50x zoom electro-optical and custom thermal (LWIR) imaging, and a range of smart enhancements in a sub 220g system. The gimbal will include significant onboard video processing capabilities that will enable the next generation of image processing, video compression and smart features. Optimised with artificial intelligence, the system will provide deep learning based classification and advanced object recognition. Such features will support highly autonomous operations.

The micro gimbal aims to have embedded features that will allow an unmanned aerial vehicle to navigate and operate in GPS and radio denied environments. This capability will provide the Australian Army with significant advantages in the field.

AVT Australia intends to demonstrate the micro gimbal within 12 months of execution of the contract. The technology will be designed and manufactured at AVT Australia’s R&D facility in Melbourne. To support the contract along with AVT Australia’s existing capability development roadmap, AVT Australia will be seeking new talent to join its vastly growing team, providing more jobs for local Australians.

CTO at AVT Australia, Michael Bailey, said “this is an exciting project for AVT Australia and we are glad to be supporting our homeland by providing a cutting-edge micro gimbal for the Australian Army. We are grateful to the Australian Defence Force for recognising our capabilities in providing world-leading optical solutions for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. We are looking forward to working alongside other Australian companies to provide the ultimate miniature surveillance solution.” 

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