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US backs initial Triton drone production

AAP logoAAP 27/09/2016

The US military has given the go-ahead for low rate initial production of the Northrop Grumman Triton long-range unmanned surveillance aircraft, a key step to service with the US Navy and Australia.

NG Triton program director Doug Shaffer said extensive operational testing found Triton met US Navy requirements for long endurance, surveillance and classification of targets and distribution of data.

The Australian Defence Force plans to replace the RAAF's ageing Orion aircraft with seven Tritons plus 15 manned Poseidon aircraft to conduct maritime surveillance patrols over the vast area of ocean around Australia.

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