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Australia says JP129 replacement project 'well advanced'

19th February 2009 - 08:45 GMT | by in Canberra


The Australian government says efforts to find a replacement tactical unmanned air system to support deployed army operations are now "well advanced" with preference being given to a purchase as opposed to a services based contract.

Australian minister for defence procurement Greg Combet says that "we are now well advanced in exploring other possible UAV systems that we can purchase and deploy as soon as possible."

Addressing a defence industry conference in Canberra 17 February, Combet reiterated requirements for the replacement acquisition to proceed on a fast track basis, with this coming ahead of an expected Australian government decision to

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