CrackitToday App

MQ-4C Triton : Uncrewed Aircraft

MQ-4C Triton: Uncrewed Aircraft

Northrop Grumman Corporation recently announced the successful maiden flight of Australia’s multi-intelligence MQ-4C Triton uncrewed aircraft.

  • MQ-4C Triton built for both the U.S. Navy and the Royal Australian Air Force, the MQ-4C Triton stands as the sole uncrewed, high-altitude, long-endurance aircraft designed for persistent maritime intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, and targeting.
  • It was developed by the Northrop Grumman Corporation, an American multinational aerospace and defense technology company.
  • Its autonomous operations are supported by land-based command and control mission planners and sensor operators.
  • The aircraft can fly over 24 hours at a time, at altitudes higher than 10 miles, with an operational range of 8,200 nautical miles.
  • It has a length of 14.5m, a height of 4.7m, and a wingspan of 39.9m.
  • It can hold a maximum internal payload of 1,452kg and an external payload of 1,089kg.
  • It has a maximum speed of 600 km/hr.
  • Triton will be equipped with a unique and robust mission sensor suite that provides 360-degree coverage on all sensors.
  • Triton also incorporates a reinforced airframe for increased internal payload and a wing for hail, bird strike, and gust load protection.
  • These features allow the aircraft to descend and ascend through harsh maritime weather environments to gain a closer view of ships and other targets at sea when needed.