Triton

U.S. Navy's Triton UAS program

Program Overview:

Northrop Grumman’s MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system (UAS) provides real-time intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) over vast ocean and coastal regions.

Supporting missions up to 24 hours, the high-altitude UAS is equipped with a sensor suite that provides a 360-degree view of its surroundings at a radius of over 2,000 nautical miles.

Triton builds on elements of the Global Hawk UAS while incorporating reinforcements to the airframe and wing, along with de-icing and lightning protection systems. These capabilities allow the aircraft to descend through cloud layers to gain a closer view of ships and other targets at sea when needed. The current sensor suite allows ships to be tracked over time by gathering information on their speed, location and classification.

Built for the U.S. Navy’s Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) program, Triton will support a wide range of intelligence-gathering and reconnaissance missions, maritime patrol and search and rescue.

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

Specifications

Wingspan: 130.9 ft (39.9 m)
Length: 47.6 ft (14.5 m)
Height: 15.4 ft (4.6 m)
Gross Take-off Weight: 32,250 lbs (14,628 kg)
Max. Internal Payload: 3,200 lbs (1,452 kg)
Max External Payload: 2,400 lbs (1,089)
Self Deploy: 8,200 nm (15,186 km)
Max. Altitude: 56,500 ft (17.22 km)
Max. Velocity: 331 knots True Air Speed (TAS)
Max. Endurance: 24 hrs