Northrop Grumman readies to build three new MQ-4C unmanned surveillance aircraft for maritime patrol

Surveillance experts at Northrop Grumman ready to build three MQ-4C Triton long-range maritime patrol unmanned aircraft in $65.2 million contract.

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PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md. – Maritime aviation surveillance experts at Northrop Grumman Corp. are preparing to build three MQ-4C Triton long-range patrol unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) under terms of a $65.2 million advance-acquisition contract announced Wednesday, reports John Keller for Military & Aerospace Electronics. Continue reading original article

The Intelligent Aerospace take:

May 30, 2019-Northrop Grumman's Triton will be a crucial component of the Navy's 21st century strategy for conducting surveillance of surface ship and submarine traffic in the vast Pacific and other oceans around the globe. The Triton UAV will work together with the Navy's P-8A Poseidon manned maritime patrol aircraft.

The UAV and its operators with a 360-degree view of a large geographic area while providing all-weather coverage for detecting, classifying, tracking, and identifying points of interest. MFAS is separate from the Triton's air-to-air radar.

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Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor
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