U.S. Navy MQ-4C Triton UAS To Be Forward Deployed in Guam in 2017

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U.S. Navy MQ-4C Triton UAS To Be Forward Deployed in Guam in 2017
 
The U.S. Navy's latest unmanned aircraft system (UAS), the MQ-4C Triton, will be deployed to Andersen Air Force Base in Guam from 2017. The announcement was made by U.S. Navy Admiral Jonathan Greenert, chief of naval operations, in a March 4 statement to the Senate Committee on Approprations’ Subcomittee on Defense.
     
The U.S. Navy's latest unmanned aircraft system (UAS), the MQ-4C Triton will be deployed to Andersen Air Force Base in Guam from 2017. The announcement was made by U.S. Navy Admiral Jonathan Greenert, chief of naval operations, in a March 4 statement to the Senate Committee on Approprations’ Subcomittee on Defense.
Link to MQ-4C Triton datasheet

The second MQ-4C Triton, built by Northrop Grumman for the U.S. Navy, successfully completed its first flight on Oct. 15 (photo by Alan Radecki).
     
The MQ-4C Triton will provide combat information to operational and tactical users such as the Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG), Carrier Strike Group (CSG) and the Joint Forces Maritime Component Commander (JFMCC). MQ-4C Triton will provide intelligence preparation of the environment by providing a more continuous source of information to maintain the Common Operational and Tactical Picture (COTP) of the maritime battle space. Additionally, MQ-4C Triton-collected data posted to the Global Information Grid (GIG) will support a variety of intelligence activities and nodes. In a secondary role, the MQ-4C Triton will also be used alone or in conjunction with other assets to respond to theater-level operational or national strategic tasking.
     
The U.S. Navy's latest unmanned aircraft system (UAS), the MQ-4C Triton will be deployed to Andersen Air Force Base in Guam from 2017. The announcement was made by U.S. Navy Admiral Jonathan Greenert, chief of naval operations, in a March 4 statement to the Senate Committee on Approprations’ Subcomittee on Defense.
Triton is specifically designed for maritime missions of up to 24 hours. It can fly at altitudes higher than 10 miles, allowing for coverage of 1 million square nautical miles of ocean, in a single mission. Photo Credit: Alan Radecki
     
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 U.S. Navy's program of record calls for 68 Tritons to be fielded. In March last year, Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced Australia's intention to buy the MQ-4C Triton and become its first foreign customer

Link to MQ-4C Triton datasheet
 

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