What an interesting development.
One wonders why the government sees this as good value.
Coastal surveillance – Adelaide is a long way from the usual attempted points of entry of illegal immigrants. Darwin would have been the logical base. Or are they being controlled from Pine Gap, perhaps for undisclosed purposes?
“monitoring energy infrastructure” – Illegal fishing is a real problem but, again, does the end justify the costs?
Is there some other motivation, I ask?
Australia has announced plans to buy a fleet of giant US drones to help patrol the nation’s borders, monitoring energy infrastructure and attempts to enter the country illegally.
On Thursday, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the Triton Unmanned Aerial Vehicles would be based in the southern city of Adelaide, AFP reported.
“These aircraft will patrol Australia’s vast ocean approaches, and work closely with other existing and future Australian Defense 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 Defense Force with unprecedented maritime surveillance capabilities, operating at altitudes up to 55,000 feet (16,800 meters) over extremely long ranges while remaining airborne for up to 33 hours.”
The aircraft could be used to detect asylum-seekers, who…
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