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Australia to proceed with HALE UAS

2nd May 2009 - 10:59 GMT | by in Canberra


Australia's new defence white paper has given the green light to proceeding with the acquisition of high altitude long endurance unmanned air systems (UAS), but with the government confirming the selection process will look wider than the Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk.

The new defence white paper, issued 2 May, confirms the replacement of the Royal Australian Air Force's Lockheed Martin AP-3C maritime patrol aircraft will be based on a mixed fleet of manned and unmanned platforms. Australia has already committed to cooperation with the US navy on the Boeing P-8 multimission maritime patrol aircraft with the white paper confirming

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