Australia to Purchase Second MQ-4C TRITON

Australia to Purchase Second MQ-4C TRITON 28 March, 2019

The Australian government has confirmed the acquisition of a second Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton high altitude long endurance maritime unmanned ISR air vehicle for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

Defence Minister Christopher Pyne said in a statement that this second platform, which will be acquired through a co-operative programme with the US Navy, will play "an important part of strengthening the security of Australia's maritime boarders".

The total value of the programme is expected to be about USD 5 billion.

The latest announcement comes after manufacturer Northrop Grumman signed an agreement with Canberra on 28 February to expand its engagement with local industry on programmes, including the MQ-4C Triton UAV.

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