Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy have completed nine initial flight tests of the Triton unmanned aircraft system (UAS), marking the half-way point in a process called envelope expansion.
During envelope expansion, the test team validates the aircraft's ability to operate at a range of altitudes, speeds and weights.
"Completion of envelope expansion will allow the test team to prepare for installation and further testing of Triton's surveillance sensors," said Mike Mackey, Northrop Grumman's Triton program director.
The Triton test team accomplished endurance flights up to 9.4-hours at altitudes up to 50,000 feet. The aircraft also performed doublets, a maneuver that tests the aircraft's ability to recover from small perturbations in its flight path caused by turbulence.
Triton carries a variety of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance sensor payloads that allow military commanders to gather high-resolution imagery, use radar to detect targets, and provide airborne communications and information-sharing capabilities to military units across long distances.
The US Navy plans to field 68 Triton UAS and will be used with the manned P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft to conduct surveillance missions.
Northrop Grumman has completed about 25 flight tests of the U.S
BAE Systems announced today that their next-generation Identification Friend or Foe system reached a first – flying on board the MQ-4C Triton, a high altitude unmanned aircraft. At half the size and weight of currently fielded transponders, our system, known as the AN/DPX-7 Reduced Size Transponder (RST), is designed to make flights safer
Northrop Grumman has successfully completed flight-testing of its MQ-4C Triton high-altitude unmanned aircraft today. Triton is specially designed to fly surveillance missions up to 24 hours at altitudes of more than 10 miles – allowing coverage out to 2,000 nautical miles
Australian Minister for Defence Stephen Smith today announced that the Government would issue a Letter of Request (LOR) to the United States to gain access to detailed cost, capability and availability information on the United States Navys MQ-4C Triton unmanned Aircraft. As outlined in the 2013 Defence White Paper (the White Paper), the Government intends to replace the AP-3C fleet with P-8A Poseidon aircraft, complemented by unmanned aircraft capable of undertaking broad area maritime surveillance and fleet overwatch, according to a MoD statement
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The German ministry of Defense will have to spend US $709 million (648 million euros) for the purchase of US Triton drones as an alternative to the German Euro Hawk Drones. The acquisition of three Tritons will cost Germany more than the money spent on developing the Euro Hawk
The MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) arrived at Naval Air Station Patuxent River Sept. 18 after completing its inaugural cross-country ferry flight, bringing the Navy closer to delivering this new capability to the fleet
Lockheed Martin's Group 1 family of unmanned aircraft systems is migrating to enhanced automation capabilities using its Kestrel "Fly Light" flight control systems and industry-leading mobile Ground Control Station (mGCS) software. The increased automation allows operators to focus on executing the mission, rather than flying various aircraft, the company said in a statement
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has approved plans to procure the Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. The sale makes Australian the first foreign customer for the maritime variant of the Global Hawk which can remain airborne for 33 hours, would be based in the southern city of Adelaide
Northrop Grumman has won a phase three navigation system related contract from the U.S
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