Air Force's SkyGuardian or Reaper lethal drones cancelled to pay for Project REDSPICE

Harley Dennett
By Harley Dennett
Updated April 1 2022 - 5:29am, first published 2:50am
Australia was to purchase 12 armed SkyGuardian or Reaper drones at a cost of about $2 billion, which has now been cancelled. Picture: Department of Defence

The Morrison government has cancelled Australia's only armed drones project as it diverted Defence's long-term programs to pay for its cyber capability upgrade, known as project REDSPICE.


Harley Dennett

Harley Dennett

Senior Political Reporter

I'm the federal politics bureau chief for the Canberra Times, via a career that's taken me from rural Victoria to Washington DC. Telling the stories of my local LGBTI community brought me to political journalism, where I've covered seven federal budgets, four national elections in two countries, Defence, public service and international governance.

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