• Both the ADF and Border Command have a range of sensors available to them. (Credit: Defence)
    Both the ADF and Border Command have a range of sensors available to them. (Credit: Defence)
  • The Sea Hunter, part the of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)’s Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) program. (Credit: USN)
    The Sea Hunter, part the of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)’s Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) program. (Credit: USN)
  • Australia and its neighbours cooperate at many levels
on border protection issues. (Credit: Defence)
    Australia and its neighbours cooperate at many levels on border protection issues. (Credit: Defence)
  • The Ocius Bluebottle is expanding its networked offering with more trials in 2021. (Credit: Ocius)
    The Ocius Bluebottle is expanding its networked offering with more trials in 2021. (Credit: Ocius)
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Unmanned technology in varying stages of development is waiting in the wings to enhance Australia’s border protection, but what, how and when remains a matter of conjecture.

The eventual outcome will be shaped largely by industry’s input to the Future Maritime Surveillance Capability (FMSC) project launched with considerable fanfare by Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton in October 2018.

“Drones prowling Australia’s far-flung ocean boundaries, undersea sensors monitoring shipping movements around our coastlines – this could be the future of maritime surveillance to secure Australia’s vast ocean borders against future threats,” Minister Dutton declared, albeit in a statement.

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