Tuesday, October 21, 2014   

Australia to scan seas for asylum boats with drones
(03-13 11:14)

Australia announced plans for a fleet of giant unmanned drones to help patrol its borders, monitoring energy infrastructure and attempts to enter the country illegally.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the Triton Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, which can remain airborne for 33 hours, would be based in southern Adelaide.
A report in February said seven of the US-made drones would be purchased for A$3 billion (US$2.7 billion).
“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.''—AFP

   
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