27 Jun '18, 6pm

Australia to boost maritime surveillance with acquisition of six MQ-4C Triton UASs

Australia to boost maritime surveillance with acquisition of six MQ-4C Triton UASs

Australia is to acquire six Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton maritime unmanned aerial systems (UASs), with the first platform scheduled to enter service in mid-2023, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced on 26 June. All six Tritons are planned to be fully operational by late 2025, Turnbull disclosed in a joint statement with Defence Minister Marise Payne and Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne. “The Triton will complement the surveillance role of the P-8A Poseidon aircraft through sustained operations at long ranges as well as being able to undertake a range of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance tasks,” the statement said. “Together, these aircraft will significantly enhance our anti-submarine warfare and maritime strike capability, as well as our search and rescue capability.” Initial spending of AUD1.4 billion (USD1.04 billion) on Project Air 7000 Pha...

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