AUSTRALIA TO BUY SURVEILLANCE DRONES TO PATROL BORDERS

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SYDNEY: Australia announced plans on Thursday for a fleet of giant high-tech unmanned drones to help patrol the nation’s borders, monitoring energy infrastructure and attempts to enter the country illegally. Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the Triton Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, which can remain airborne for 33 hours, would be based in the southern city of Adelaide. A report in February said seven of the United States-made drones would be purchased for Aus$3.0 billion ($2.7 billion), but Abbott said the details of how many, when they will be bought and the costs had yet to be finalized.

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