About as niche as the 4x MC-55A Peregrines we are acquiring…The comment made by Marcus Hellyer about the relatively small number of Tritons being acquired is probably a fair point. Potentially a very niche and expensive capability to maintain particularly with so many other expensive acquisitions competing for funding.
To be honest I would have preferred a few extra P8s
The number of UAS are about how many orbits the RAAF need to be able to fly simultaneously and whether they wish to maintain a deployable capability or not.
I suspect 4 is what we need to surveil ‘home waters’ for the duration and coverage we aspire to do and the additional airframes were for a deployable capability.
Perhaps the need to deploy this capability is not as important as other capability, whereas the need to fly ISR over our approaches is, hence the extra aircraft seemingly capped at just one more airframe.
Time will tell.