Sunday, August 1, 2010

Australia to Purchase 18 RQ-7B Shadow 200 UAVs

AUSTRALIAN troops in Afghanistan will be better protected by a fleet of spy planes under a new $175 million deal.Defence Minister John Faulkner will today announce that the Government has approved the purchase of 18 RQ-7B Shadow 200 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and support systems.It is part of a $1.1 billion plan announced in the May budget to boost force protection for diggers serving in Afghanistan.It comes on top of a $32 million lease deal for a C-RAM warning radar to counter rocket and mortar attacks.

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