The Australian government has made funding available to acquire a further seven MQ-28A Ghost Bat autonomous uncrewed aerial vehicles.
This article by Akhil Kadidal, writing for Janes, makes the following points:
- The Ghost Bats are part of the Loyal Wingman Advanced Development Programme.
- The programme is set to receive an additional investment of AUD454 million, announced on 15 May this year.
- The funding will also fast-track the induction of the first Ghost Bats by 2024–25.
- A Defence spokesperson said the additional funding provided for a further seven MQ-28A, bringing the total number of Ghost Bats being purchased to 10.
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