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Northrop Grumman says Australia should consider advancing its acquisition of the US Navy’s MQ-4C Triton UAV following the Trump administration’s proposal to pause production for the programme in FY2021 and FY2022.
A larger Switchblade could possibly carry tank-piercing munitions and be cheaper than Javelin anti-tank missiles, which cost roughly $250,000 each.
Protecting tankers and ISR aircraft with UAVs could free manned fighters, such as Lockheed Martin F-35As, to launch strikes deep into enemy territory.
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