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Govt. To Spend $100m On Drones

The Turnbull Government has decided to spend $101 million on a fleet of tiny drones – or as it prefers to call them – “diminutive micro air vehicles”, for use by the Australian Defence Force.

The Wasp AE drones are intended for battleground use. They are small enough to be carried, assembled and used by a single person, the Government said.

Made by US company AeroVironment, the drones can be controlled from up to 5km away and offer flight endurance of 50 minutes. It has a 102 cm wingspan, weighs 1.3kg, and can fly at an altitude of 152 metres.

The US-manufactured drone can be controlled by an operator from up to five kilometres away and has a flight endurance of 50 minutes. They have a 102cm wingspan, weighs 1.3kg, and can fly at an altitude of 152 metres (500ft).

“Similar systems, including the Skylark, have been used by our soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq with tremendous success,” said Defence Minister Marise Payne, announcing the purchase plan.

“They provide our military with a faster and better understanding of the battlefield than our adversaries.”

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