New drone arrives at RAAF base in Townsville

The RAAF is currently conducting operations in the Townsville-based Buna, near Townsville airport, and the RAAF has announced a new drone will be arriving at the base.

The new drone, which was flown by an RAAF crew, is a new addition to the RCAF fleet of the Boeing 737 MAX.RAAF spokeswoman Helen Kiely said the drone was a new model of the MAX and was based on the Boeing MAX-700 and was being developed for use in the remote areas of the Northern Territory.

“This new model will allow RCAFs personnel to work out of remote locations with minimal disruption and will provide additional situational awareness to the pilots and the pilots themselves, as well as the ground crew,” she said.

“In addition, the model will also be a useful tool to assist the RACR pilots in their day-to-day tasks in remote locations.”

It is also expected to be very useful to operators on the ground who need to monitor their aircraft in case of emergencies.

“Read more”We are delighted to announce the arrival of this new model aircraft, which will enable our remote personnel to fly and work remotely with the RAAF.

“Ms Kieley said the aircraft would be available to RAAF personnel and contractors through the RABRANAC program.”

The RAAF will continue to work closely with the Government to ensure it continues to be a fully operational and safe operating environment for RAAF aircraft, as we strive to provide an operational capability for our remote communities,” she added.”

We will also continue to ensure the safety and security of our personnel, contractors and their vehicles.

“Read moreAbout 1,200 people will fly in the new RAAF drone on Saturday and Sunday.”

As with all RAAF operations, these operations will be subject to the highest standards of safety and wellbeing.

“If you are in a remote area and need assistance with your RAAF helicopter or drone, please contact the RWA’s Operation Safety and Security Team.”RAAF spokesman Sergeant Craig Ritchie said the RAPIDS program was focused on providing remote areas with a high-level of safety, but added it was a “critical program” that involved all the departments involved in the area.”RAPIDS has always been about supporting RAAF and local community members, particularly in remote areas, and we are delighted this new RAAFA model will bring a level of safety to remote communities and will allow our RAAF colleagues to operate in more challenging environments in the Northern Territories,” he said.

The RAPIDs program aims to “enhance the RPA’s ability to meet the challenges of remote communities, with the ultimate goal of reducing the risk of serious incidents”.

The RAA is currently operating the RACA XE aircraft, a Boeing 737-800, at the Buna Airport, about 80 kilometres south of Townsville.

Topics:air-force,military-operations,drones-and-aerospace-aerosols,united-statesFirst posted March 02, 2019 19:14:25Contact Brett HockingMore stories from New South Wales