Triton

U.S. Navy's Triton UAS program

MQ-4C Triton 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.

Based on the proven Global Hawk UAS, Triton incorporates a reinforced airframe and wing, along with de-icing and lightning protection systems. These features allow the aircraft to descend through cloud layers to gain a closer view of ships and other targets at sea when needed.

Triton will also be equipped with a sensor suite that provides a 360-degree view of its surroundings and allows ships to be tracked over time by gathering information on their speed, location and classification.

Built for the U.S. Navy, Triton will support a wide range of missions including maritime patrol and search and rescue. The aircraft can fly up to 24 hours at a time, at altitudes higher than 10 miles, allowing for coverage of 1 million square nautical miles of ocean, in a single mission.

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

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