The Australian government is committing to purchase the first six Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton long-range surveillance drones for $1.4 billion.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will on Tuesday announce the purchase of the country's first Triton drone, as part of a joint program with the United States Navy. The Sydney Morning Herald has reported that the estimated cost of the entire fleet and associated infrastructure will total almost $7 billion.
"The Triton will complement the surveillance role of the P-8A Poseidon through sustained operations at long ranges as well as being able to undertake a range of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance tasks," said the Prime Minister.
The initial $1.4 billion investment in the Triton system will also include $364 million on new facilities at RAAF Bases Edinburgh and Tindal, as well as the necessary ground control systems, support and training required to implement a project of this scope.
The Northrop-Grumman MQ-4C Triton is designed to provide continuous maritime surveillance over vast coastal and ocean regions, and each can fly for up to 30 hours at an altitude of 55,000 feet (17,000 metres).
Its primary surveillance sensor is an AN/ZPY-3 Multi-Function Active Sensor (MFAS) X-band AESA radar, which is capable of a 360-degree field-of-regard, allowing a MQ-4C Triton to survey over 7 million square kilometres of ocean within a 24-hour period.
The State Department approved sale to Germany of MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) for an estimated cost of $2.50 billion
Northrop Grumman is being awarded $255 million modification contract for the Lot 3 low-rate initial production of three MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft. The contract also includes trade studies and tooling in support of the Persistent Maritime Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program Office, the US department of defense said in a statement Thrusday
Northrop Grumman has delivered the first operational MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system to the US Navy facility at Point Mugu, for maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) mission. “Triton is a high-altitude, long-endurance unmanned system that delivers a critical autonomous capability to the Navy, expanding the services maritime patrol mission,” Doug Shaffer, vice president, Triton programs, Northrop Grumman said Friday
Northrop Grumman is being awarded $66 million contract to procure test and maintenance services to sustain MQ-4C Triton unmanned air system (UAS) air vehicles, mission control and operator training systems. In addition, this effort includes procurement of field service representatives technical support to ensure that the MQ-4C UAS aircraft are mission-capable for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions supporting Tritons early operating capability, the US Department of Defense said in a statement Thursday
Northrop Grumman has won a $19.9 million US navy contract for engineering and analysis efforts to develop solutions for near-term emergent obsolescence issues identified for the MQ-4C Triton
Australias defense ministry today announced the signing of contracts worth A$238 million with Leidos Australia for the supply and support of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defence capabilities for the Australian Defence Force under project Land 2110. Land 2110 Phase 1B is focused on the typical capability elements of CBRN defence: detection identification and monitoring, warning and reporting, physical protection (personal and collective), hazard management, containment and decontamination, medical support and training mechanisms
Raytheon has received a $9.4 million contract for engineering support of the Triton multi-spectral targeting system on the Navy MQ-4C's Triton drone
Two Australian companies have signed an agreement to develop armed tactical micro-drone, the Cerberus UAV, with DefendTex, (an Australian based weapons research and development company) to provide the armament technology. The two Australian companies are Cyborg Dynamics and Skyborne Technologies who lately signed a partnership
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