Scrutinising the Defence Departments AIR7000 Phase 1B Project

Issue date: Friday, 16 September 2022

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The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works will hold a public hearing on 19 September 2022 to scrutinise the Department of Defence’s proposed AIR7000 Phase 1B Remotely Piloted Aircraft System Facilities Project.

The project will support the introduction into service of the MQ-4C Triton aircraft system (Triton). Triton is a remotely piloted high altitude long endurance aerial system designed for maritime patrol and other surveillance roles; and is equipped with a sensor suite that provides it with a view of its surroundings for over 2,000 nautical miles.

At an estimated cost of $427.1 million the proposed project is intended to provide a control centre, training facilities, squadron headquarters, hangars, airfield pavements, aircraft wash point, and site wide engineering service which will support the operation of the Triton.

‘The Committee is looking forward to its first opportunity of the Parliament to scrutinise a public work, especially due to interruptions caused by the pandemic which prevented the Committee from travelling for site inspections in the 46th Parliament.’

‘As the oldest continuing committee of the Parliament, the Deputy Chair, the Member for Hinkler, and I look forward to continuing the committee's important scrutiny of proposed public works’, Mr Graham Perret MP, Committee Chair said.

Public hearing details

Date: Monday, 19 September 2022
Time: 2:30pm – 3:15pm (ACST)
Location: Knotts Crossing Resort, Katherine

The hearing will be broadcast live at

Please note: the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works is not involved in the tendering process, awarding of contracts or details of the proposed works. Inquiries on these matters should be addressed to the relevant Commonwealth entities.

For background information

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