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Triton UAV: US Navy photo

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.

Work on the contract will be performed in McKinney, Texas, and is expected to be completed by August 2020, a US DoD announcement said.

The new electro-optical/infrared system will provide visual imagery alongside existing sensors that will improve low-visibility, night navigation, interception, observation and surveillance, insertion and extraction operations, combat search and rescue, identification, and other forms of reconnaissance.

The MQ-4C Triton is a derivative of the RQ-4 Global Hawk surveillance UAV. It is designed as a sensor platform for long-range and high-endurance surveillance missions over ocean and coastal areas.

It has a range of over 9,000 miles and can stay aloft for over 24 hours before refueling. The Triton mounts maritime radar, electro-optical and infrared cameras, communications relays and electronic support measures systems.

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