SAS 2017: Northdrop Grumman showcases the MQ-4C

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SAS 2017: Northdrop Grumman showcases the MQ-4C
Northrop Grumman Corporation showcases current and future U.S. Navy systems during the 2017 Navy League's Sea-Air-Space Exposition. The annual event is held April 3-5 at the Gaylord National Resort and Conference Center, National Harbor, Maryland.
MQ-4C Triton (photo Navy Recognition)
Northrop Grumman’s MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system (UAS) provides real-time intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) over vast ocean and coastal regions.

Based on the proven Global Hawk UAS, Triton’s autonomous operations are supported by land-based command and control mission planners and sensor operators. Triton will be equipped with a unique and robust mission sensor suite that provides 360-degree coverage on all sensors, providing unprecedented maritime domain awareness for the U.S. Navy.

Triton also incorporates a reinforced airframe, for increased internal payload, and wing for hail, bird strike, and gust load protection, along with de-icing and lightning protection systems. These features allow the aircraft to descend and ascend through harsh maritime weather environments to gain a closer view of ships and other targets at sea when needed.

Built for the U.S. Navy, Triton will support a wide range of missions including maritime ISR patrol, signals intelligence, search and rescue and communications relay. The aircraft can fly over 24 hours at a time, at altitudes higher than 10 miles, with an operational range of 8,200 nautical miles.

The Navy’s program of record calls for 68 aircraft to be fielded.