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Australia spends $4.6 billion on border patrol aircraft

Published on Feb 21, 2014 4:01 PM

SYDNEY (AFP) - Australia on Friday said it will buy eight Poseidon aircraft for A$4 billion (S$4.6 billion), which will form the core of its surveillance and maritime strike capacity for decades to come.

The Boeing planes will be used to monitor over 2.5 million sq km of the country's marine jurisdiction - some four per cent of the world's oceans.

"The first duty of government is the defence of the nation. This is a government which is absolutely committed to the border security of our country," said Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

"This fine and highly capable aircraft will be at the heart of our surveillance and maritime strike capacity for the decades to come."

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