US Navy’s Second Triton UAS Ends Flight Tests

first_img View post tag: UAS View post tag: Flight View post tag: Triton October 16, 2014 View post tag: Navy View post tag: americas Share this article View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Tests Authoritiescenter_img The U.S. Navy’s second MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system (UAS) has successfully completed its first flight. Operating out of a manufacturing facility in Palmdale, a Navy and Northrop Grumman flight test team conducted the 6.7-hour flight Oct. 15.The flight is a critical first step in preparing the aircraft to fly to a Navy facility in Maryland later this month.“Our team worked incredibly hard to get the second Triton ready for first flight, which will help us plan its ferry flight to Naval Air Station Patuxent River,” said Mike Mackey, Triton program director, Northrop Grumman. “We’re eager to continue working with the Navy during the next phase of Triton’s flight test program to speed up its availability to the warfighter.”In preparation for a safe ferry flight, the aircraft will undergo a variety of ground checks and inspections.Northrop Grumman is the Navy’s prime contractor for the Triton UAS. Specifically designed for maritime missions of up to 24 hours, Triton can fly at altitudes higher than 10 miles, allowing for coverage of 1 million square nautical miles of ocean. Its advanced suite of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance sensors can detect and classify different types of ships.The Navy’s program of record calls for 68 Tritons to be fielded.[mappress mapid=”14086″]Image: Northrop Grumman Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy’s Second Triton UAS Ends Flight Tests View post tag: Second View post tag: Ends View post tag: Northrop Grumman US Navy’s Second Triton UAS Ends Flight Tests View post tag: US Navy View post tag: Navallast_img read more