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Australia exits BAMS

2nd March 2009 - 15:50 GMT | by


Australia has announced it is pulling out of the US Navy’s Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) project with government citing a combination of programme slippage and workforce pressures as the basis for its decision.

Australia had been planning to acquire up to six Northrop Grumman RQ-4N Global Hawk unmanned air systems through membership of the BAMS project, but with formal government acquisition approvals repeatedly deferred over the past year.

Defence minister Joel Fitzgibbon says that the “delivery schedule for the United States Navy’s BAMS program has slipped and resulted in the earliest possible in-service date for the BAMS aircraft moving

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