Making the World's Oceans Smaller
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.
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InfoGraphic – TRITON: 5 Years and Going Strong
Triton in the News
Australia’s First MQ-4C Triton Takes Flight
Australia Commits to Additional MQ-4C Triton
Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton Achieves Initial Operating Capability with the US Navy
Northrop Grumman Delivers Fourth Triton to U.S. Navy for Initial Operational Capability
Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton Flying Test Bed Demonstrates Targeting Capability During Northern Edge 2023
Northrop Grumman Connects Distributed Platforms Across Domains
Multi-platform demonstration showcased interoperability among F-35, MQ-4C Triton, E-2D Advanced Hawkeye and naval ships
Northrop Grumman Unveils First Australian MQ-4C Triton
Northrop Grumman Delivers First Production IFC-4 Triton to US Navy
Australia’s First MQ-4C Triton Takes Shape
Northrop Grumman Australia Delivers Triton NITE Capability Ahead of Schedule
MQ-4C Triton Completes First Flight in Multi-Intelligence Configuration
Milestone demonstrates significant progress toward initial operating capability (Photo credit: U.S. Navy)
Northrop Grumman Maritime Autonomous System Surpasses 40,000 Flight Hours
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