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MQ-4C Triton BAMS UAS
 
The Northrop Grumman's United States Navy MQ-4C Triton Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) program provides persistent maritime Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) data collection and dissemination capability to the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force (MPRF). The MQ-4C Triton is a multi-mission system to support strike, signals intelligence, and communications relay.

The Northrop Grumman's United States Navy MQ-4C Triton Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) program provides persistent maritime Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) data collection and dissemination capability to the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force (MPRF). The MQ-4C Triton is a multi-mission system to support strike, signals intelligence, and communications relay.

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MQ-4C Triton
Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)
 
 
 
The Northrop Grumman's United States Navy MQ-4C Triton Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) program provides persistent maritime Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) data collection and dissemination capability to the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force (MPRF). The MQ-4C Triton is a multi-mission system to support strike, signals intelligence, and communications relay.
 
Description

The Northrop Grumman's United States Navy MQ-4C Triton Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) program provides persistent maritime Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) data collection and dissemination capability to the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force (MPRF). The MQ-4C Triton is a multi-mission system to support strike, signals intelligence, and communications relay.

The MQ-4C BAMS UAS, at full operational capability, will provide ISR persistence over large maritime distances for long periods of time for up to five simultaneous orbits worldwide. The MQ-4C BAMS UAS missions include, but are not limited to, maritime surveillance, collection of enemy order of battle information, battle damage assessment, port surveillance, communication relay, and support of the following missions - maritime interdiction, surface warfare, battlespace management, and targeting for maritime and littoral strike missions.

Variants:

Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk:
The MQ-4C Triton is a maritime derivative of the RQ-4B Global Hawk incorporating US Navy requirements.

RQ-4A: Initial production version for the USAF, 16 built.
RQ-4B: Improved version with increased payload, wingspan and length.
RQ-4E: German Euro Hawk, based on RQ-4B. Equipped with EADS electronics.
EQ-4B: Version equipped with the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) system.
KQ-X: Proposed autonomous tanker variant.

Technical Data
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Design
Main fuselage made of standard aluminum, semi-monocoque construction.
Wings made of lightweight, high-strength composite materials.
Payload, Sensors, Electronics

Maximum Internal Payload: 3,200 lbs (1,452 kg)
Maximum External Payload: 2,400 lbs (1,089 kg)

Multi-Function Active Sensor Active Electronically Steered Array (MFAS AESA) radar:
» 2D AESA
» Maritime and air-to-ground modes
» Long-range detection and classification of targets

MTS-B multi-spectral targeting system:
» Electro-optical/infrared
» Auto-target tracking
» High resolution at multiple field-of-views
» Full motion video

AN/ZLQ-1 Electronic Support Measures:
» All digital
» Specific Emitter Identification

Automatic Identification System:
» Provides information received from VHF broadcasts on maritime vessel movements

Features
» Provides persistent maritime ISR at a mission radius of 2,000 nm; 24 hours/7 days per week with 80% Effective Time on Station (ETOS)
» Land-based air vehicle and sensor command and control
» Afloat Level II payload sensor data via line-of-sight
» Dual redundant flight controls and surfaces
» 51,000-hour airframe life
» Due regard radar for safe separation
» Anti/de-ice, bird strike, and lightning protection
» Communications bandwidth management
» Commercial off-the-shelf open architecture mission control system
» Net-ready interoperability solution
Powerplant
Allison Rolls-Royce AE3007H turbofan with 7,050 lb (31.4 kN) of thrust
 
Specifications
Type
Surveillance HALE UAS
Crew
none (autonomous unmanned system)
Operators
US Navy
Performance
Top Speed: 331 Knots (TAS)
Range: > 8,000 nm - Endurance: 28 hours
Altitude: 56,500 ft
Designer
Northrop Grumman
First Flight
Expected by end of 2012
Engines
1x Allison Rolls-Royce AE3007H turbofan
Dimensions
Length: 47.6 ft (14.5 m)
Wingspan: 130.9 ft (39.9 m)
Height: 15.4 ft (4.6 m)
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The Northrop Grumman's United States Navy MQ-4C Triton Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) program provides persistent maritime Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) data collection and dissemination capability to the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force (MPRF). The MQ-4C Triton is a multi-mission system to support strike, signals intelligence, and communications relay.
 
The Northrop Grumman's United States Navy MQ-4C Triton Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) program provides persistent maritime Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) data collection and dissemination capability to the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force (MPRF). The MQ-4C Triton is a multi-mission system to support strike, signals intelligence, and communications relay.
The Northrop Grumman's United States Navy MQ-4C Triton Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) program provides persistent maritime Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) data collection and dissemination capability to the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force (MPRF). The MQ-4C Triton is a multi-mission system to support strike, signals intelligence, and communications relay.
The Northrop Grumman's United States Navy MQ-4C Triton Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) program provides persistent maritime Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) data collection and dissemination capability to the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force (MPRF). The MQ-4C Triton is a multi-mission system to support strike, signals intelligence, and communications relay.
The Northrop Grumman's United States Navy MQ-4C Triton Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) program provides persistent maritime Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) data collection and dissemination capability to the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force (MPRF). The MQ-4C Triton is a multi-mission system to support strike, signals intelligence, and communications relay.
 
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