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Seven Australian remotely piloted long-range Triton (MQ-4C) surveillance aircraft (built in the USA) will start arriving at RAAF Tindal in 2024.

Summary

Julian Bajkowski writing in the magazine Mandarin, makes the following points:
  • Airborne for up to 30 hours to persistently patrol Australia’s north and north-west, south-west Pacific and Antarctica.
  • Will be operated from RAAF Edinburgh.
  • Acquired through a partnership between Australia, the US Navy and Northrop Grumman.
  • They will replace the remaining Orions.
  • Australian industry will provide sustainment, ICT and facilities worth $900m.

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