Australia to buy 6 drones to monitor borders

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Canberra, June 26 (IANS) Australia will buy six Triton drones to monitor its maritime borders, the government said on Tuesday.

The six MQ-4C Triton remotely piloted aircraft will be purchased as part of a cooperative program with the US Navy, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Minister of Defense Industry Christopher Pyne have said.

The drones will be introduced into service in mid-2023 and will undertake surveillance tasks along the maritime borders, Xinhua news agency reported.

The aircraft can fly about 11,000 km a day and reach an altitude of 4,880 metres.

Pyne told journalists from Australian broadcaster Channel 7 that the drones will be used to monitor and perform reconnaissance in the Indian and Pacific oceans, Antarctica and Southeast Asia to prevent the trafficking of immigrants and illegal fishing.

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The programme also involves cooperation with the US Navy for the development, production and maintenance of the MQ-4C Triton.

The government will also invest in the construction of new facilities at the Edinburgh and Tindal military bases as well as new ground control systems, among others, according to a statement.



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