Mar 20, 2013

The drones are coming: border protection fleet for Adelaide

They're 40 metres wide, can stay in the air for 30 hours, and are set to patrol Australia's borders -- with not a pilot in sight. The Triton drones are coming to Adelaide, reports InDaily's Liam Mannix.


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11 thoughts on “The drones are coming: border protection fleet for Adelaide

  1. مكينCampeonDelMundo

    the EU did consider drone program to monitor the Med sea but they abandoned it, because it would be too costly and won’t help stopping illegal immigrants since there is no way to tell whether the boats carry illegal immigrants or refugees who can enter legally by law.

  2. Andybob

    Well sure it can “touch down briefly in Darwin to refuel”. But if you are tasking them to the north and west then thats a lot of commuting to get them to work. Perhaps its got more to do with where the RAAF personnel driving and servicing the drones prefer to live ?

  3. JKUU

    “The drones are coming — to Adelaide.”

    That’s odd. They’ve been ensconced in Canberra since 1927.

  4. mikehilliard

    Just thinking of the carbon footprint from flying half a dozen 737’s around in circles all day & having to get them from Adelaide to Darwin.

  5. Joshua Saunders

    This should at least put an end to the influx of Tasmanian refugees attempting the hazardous crossing to Victor Harbour.

  6. Gavin Moodie

    Burns should stop using the sexist ‘manned’ (quoted 8 times in 690 words) and use ‘piloted’ or some other non sexist term common in the field.

  7. McFly Marty

    Size of a 737??!?!

    Why do they have to be so big? They’re not carrying passengers or cargo or anything

  8. zut alors

    Here’s an idea: don’t waste money or Australian lives on senseless wars which create desperate refugees. Isn’t that the root of the problem?

    And what about privacy invasions of “Anything that’s broadcast — anything from radio messages, mobile phones, all the secret stuff that the military use from various countries, anything. It can gather any information that’s in the airwaves.”

    I imagine News Corp can’t wait to put a fleet on order.

  9. Tony Kevin

    I read with interest Liam Mannix’s article ”The drones are coming ” reproduced yesterday in Crikey.
    Please suggest to Mr Mannix that he pursue with his official sources the question of response times to data indicating asylum-seeker boats in distress at sea, as collected by Drones visually or electronically. How quickly will such data be received and analysed in
    Edinburgh Base in SA? Instantaneously by electronic transmission, or only after return to base several hours later? How long to send out a manned Dash aircraft to check situation at coordinates? Human life is at stake here -860 people have drowned at sea in the past four years, most of whose lives could have been saved had rescue responses by Australian authorities been faster. If the drones can improve response times to distress at sea,
    that will be good news for RAAF and for our maritime safety authorities. Regards, Tony Kevin Author of ”Reluctant Rescuers” http://www.reluctantrescuers.com

  10. Gavin Moodie

    . . . a *piloted* Dash aircraft . . .

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