Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has approved plans to procure the Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.
The sale makes Australian the first foreign customer for the maritime variant of the Global Hawk which can remain airborne for 33 hours, would be based in the southern city of Adelaide.
According to reports, the deal is value to be an estimated £1.6 billion, but Abbott said the details of how many and when had yet to be finalised.
"These aircraft will patrol Australia's vast ocean approaches, and work closely with other existing and future Australian Defence Force assets to secure our ocean resources, including energy resources off northern Australia, and help to protect our borders," he said.
"They will provide the Australian Defence Force with unprecedented maritime surveillance capabilities, operating at altitudes up to 55,000 feet over extremely long ranges while remaining airborne for up to 33 hours."
Australia is expected to use the drones to patrol far over the Indian Ocean, which has become one of the world's most vital energy supply routes, according to the Telegraph.
Canberra recently announced plans to buy eight new Poseidon aircraft for Aus$4 billion. "Given that Australia has responsibility for something like 11 per cent of the world's oceans, it's very important that we've got a very effective maritime surveillance capability," Abbott added.
Northrop Grumman and the U.S
Northrop Grumman has completed about 25 flight tests of the U.S
BAE Systems announced today that their next-generation Identification Friend or Foe system reached a first – flying on board the MQ-4C Triton, a high altitude unmanned aircraft. At half the size and weight of currently fielded transponders, our system, known as the AN/DPX-7 Reduced Size Transponder (RST), is designed to make flights safer
Northrop Grumman has successfully completed flight-testing of its MQ-4C Triton high-altitude unmanned aircraft today. Triton is specially designed to fly surveillance missions up to 24 hours at altitudes of more than 10 miles – allowing coverage out to 2,000 nautical miles
Australian Minister for Defence Stephen Smith today announced that the Government would issue a Letter of Request (LOR) to the United States to gain access to detailed cost, capability and availability information on the United States Navys MQ-4C Triton unmanned Aircraft. As outlined in the 2013 Defence White Paper (the White Paper), the Government intends to replace the AP-3C fleet with P-8A Poseidon aircraft, complemented by unmanned aircraft capable of undertaking broad area maritime surveillance and fleet overwatch, according to a MoD statement
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The German ministry of Defense will have to spend US $709 million (648 million euros) for the purchase of US Triton drones as an alternative to the German Euro Hawk Drones. The acquisition of three Tritons will cost Germany more than the money spent on developing the Euro Hawk
The MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) arrived at Naval Air Station Patuxent River Sept. 18 after completing its inaugural cross-country ferry flight, bringing the Navy closer to delivering this new capability to the fleet
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