New drone fleet will deliver $100m boost to South Australia, Abbott says

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The Triton drones will be used for long-range maritime surveillance and are to be housed at the Edinburgh RAAF base in South Australia. Photograph: AAP/Supplied

Tony Abbott has confirmed the government will purchase a fleet of drones and base them in South Australia, giving a boost to the state Liberal campaign two days before the election.

During a visit to theĀ Edinburgh air force base, north of Adelaide, the prime minister said the acquisition of Triton unmanned aerial vehicles would require $140m of new facilities and infrastructure, $100m of which would be spent in South Australia.

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