Australia commits to next Triton remotely piloted aircraft

March 27, 2019 – The Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, and the Minister for Defence Industry, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC, today announced that the Government will purchase the next MQ-4C Triton Remotely Piloted Aircraft. This aircraft is the second of a planned fleet of at least six Triton aircraft that Australia is acquiring through a cooperative program with the United States Navy. Minister Pyne said the Triton acquisition was an important part of strengthening the security of Australia’s maritime boarders. “The Triton – which will…

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Transfer of AP-3C Orion A09-659 to the Australian War Memoria

February 28, 2019 – The Australian War Memorial will become home to the AP-3C Orion aircraft with tail number A09-659, preserving the heritage of this significant aircraft. Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester today presented the AP-3C Orion aircraft to Director of the Australian War Memorial Dr Brendan Nelson AO at the Australian International Airshow 2019 at Avalon. Chester said the aircraft’s missions included long-range maritime surveillance, anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface unit warfare and search and survivor supply. “Since the A09-659 aircraft arrived in Australia in July 1985, it has performed…

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P-8A Poseidon training commences in South Australia

August 17, 2018 – Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, and the Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced the handover of the P-8A Poseidon simulator and training systems at RAAF Base Edinburgh. Minister Payne said the advanced P-8A Training System would better prepare Australian Defence Force pilots and maintenance crews for their demanding roles. “This $470 million facility marks the beginning of a transformation of our training that will support Air Force’s ability to meet emerging threats and future challenges,” Minister Payne said.…

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