More than two years ago, Australia sent personnel to the U.S. to learn how to operate the MQ-9 Reaper. That seemed to be an indicator that the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) was leaning toward the General Atomics type for its armed drone program. The MQ-9, however, now has competition for the program—Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is proposing its Heron TP. Whichever type is chosen, it will be another element in the steady expansion of the RAAF, adding surveillance ...
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