20th Surveillance and Target Acquisition Regiment

Lance Bombardier Anthony Dunphy (left) and Bombardier Damien Young prepare to launch a Shadow 200 Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) drone from an airfield

The 20th Surveillance and Target Acquisition Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery (20 STA Regt, RAA) is an Australian Army Regiment which was raised in 2006.

The 20th Surveillance and Target Acquisition Regiment is based at Gallipoli Barracks in Enoggera, Queensland.

The Regiment is responsible for providing the Australian Army with artillery spotting and tactical reconnaissance.

The current structure of 20th Surveillance and Target Acquisition Regiment is:

•    Regimental Headquarters
•    131st Surveillance and Target Acquisition Battery
•    132nd Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Battery
•    Combat Service and Support Battery

The STA Regiment forms a significant element of the entire Intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance (ISTAR) collection capability available within the deployed forces. The balanced sensor mix and the multiple ranges (close, medium and long range) of surveillance and target acquisition (STA) assets enable the unit to support many of the supported formations information needs.

The unit provides the necessary command nodes as well as communication systems and logistics capability to support planning and management of the STA assets. Additionally, staff support from the unit is provided to support the ISTAR planning process, battle space de-confliction and ISTAR collection management and execution.

Members of the unit have recently served on operational deployments in East Timor, Solomon Islands, and Afghanistan.

The motto of 20th Surveillance and Target Acquisition Regiment, RAA is 'Seek to Strike'.