Australia, specialists in lightweight, gyro-stabilised imaging systems for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR), has appointed Dale Heinken as president. Heinken joined the team this week in AVT Australia’s headquarters in Melbourne. Heinken returned to Australia last month following a successful 26-year career in the US Navy. During his years of service, Heinken demonstrated exceptional skills in leadership, particularly in his recent position as Commanding Officer of the USS Boxer (LHD 4) amphibious assault ship. During his last deployment, Heinken experienced first-hand operation of AVT Australia’s CM202U gyro-stabilised imaging system and CUAS Suite software.

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 organisation, Heinken will provide strategic leadership to further strengthen AVT Australia’s operations and grow the organisation 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.

“It is a pleasure to join a fantastic company that is leading the field of gimbal development for surveillance and counter UAS operations” said Heinken, “The AVT Australia team is stacked with brilliant, dedicated, and personable people that embody excellence. I look forward to leading this team in continuing to provide the systems our customers rely upon from fighting wildfires to countering drones.”

“We are delighted to welcome Dale Heinken to our team at AVT Australia” said AVT Australia Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Dr. Philipp Senn, “Dale is an outstanding addition to the team, and will make a critical contribution that will elevate AVT Australia to the next level as a continued defence partner and Australian Sovereign Capability provider.

AVT Australia is a leading supplier of lightweight, gyro-stabilised and multi-sensor imaging systems for ISR and target acquisition operations. Since 2009, AVT Australia has been recognised for its expertise in advanced engineering services and has become a trusted supplier of imaging solutions and software development for the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and international customers. Its systems are supporting airborne, ground, and maritime operations in over 50 countries.


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