- 05/07/2018 by Uplift Drones
- Drone Industry News
Australia Invests £3.9 billion in High-Tech Drones
Australia is set to invest more than £3.9 billion (AUS$7 billion) to purchase and develop high-tech drones (US) to monitor waters including the South China Sea.
According to reports, the drones – which are high-altitude, long endurance aircrafts – can support missions for up to 24 hours and provide a 360-degree view of their surroundings for over 2,000 nautical miles.
They will be used in joint military operations alongside the US, as Canberra continues on its largest peacetime naval investment; which has also included a shipbuilding strategy with new offshore patrol vessels and submarines.
As part of the investment, Australia’s government are expected to spend AUS$1.4billion to buy the first of six MQ-4D Triton maritime surveillance drones which may enter service from mid-2023.
In a statement, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said: “Together these aircraft will significantly enhance our anti-submarine warfare and maritime strike capability, as well as our search and rescue capability.
“This investment will protect our borders and make our region more secure.”
Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne later told Sky News that the high-tech drones would be used to monitor who was in Australian waters, other alongside continuing the country’s surveillance of the South China Sea.
“Australia insists on its rights to be able to travel through the South China Sea, in international waters as we have always done, whether it is with surface ships or aircraft,” Pyne said.