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US Department of Defense outlines Triton and Apache contracts

The US Department of Defense has announced significant contract activity with Australia in an announcement this week.

The US Department of Defense has announced significant contract activity with Australia in an announcement this week.

The US DOD detailed separate contracting arrangements in the announcement on 31 August.

Florida’s Longbow LLC was awarded a $156,372,092 contract modification for procurement of Apache attack helicopter fire control radar, support hardware, and auxiliary services. Work will be performed in Florida and Australian foreign military sales funds were obligated at the time of the award for the full amount.

The Australian government has previously announced plans to procure 29 ready-built Apaches from 2025 for approximately $4.5 billion.

California’s Northrop Grumman Systems Corp was awarded a $14,105,313 cost-plus-fixed-fee order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement for the installation of MQ-4C Triton ground segments mobile operating base and performance of post installation site acceptance testing for the Australian government. The work is expected to be completed in November 2024 and Royal Australian Air Force Cooperative funding to the full amount will be obligated at the time of award.

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp was also awarded a $11,905,278 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to a previously awarded contract for additional fleet support representatives to provide technical support ensuring that MQ-4C Triton unmanned aerial system aircraft are mission-capable for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions for the US Navy and Australian government. Work is expected to be completed in March 2024.

Northrop Grumman previously unveiled the first of up to seven MQ-4C Triton aircraft to be delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as part of the AIR 7000 Phase 1B program in 2022. The aircraft is on track for production completion in 2023 ahead of final delivery to Australia in mid-2024.

Robert Dougherty

Robert Dougherty

Robert is a senior journalist who has previously worked for Seven West Media in Western Australia, as well as Fairfax Media and Australian Community Media in New South Wales. He has produced national headlines, photography and videography of emergency services, business, community, defence and government news across Australia. Robert graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Majoring in Public Relations and Journalism at Curtin University, attended student exchange program with Fudan University and holds Tier 1 General Advice certification for Kaplan Professional. Reach out via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via LinkedIn.
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