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MQ-4C Triton unveiled

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posted on Jun, 14 2012 @ 07:22 PM
Northrop Grumman has officially unveiled the MQ-4C Triton BAMS for the Navy. It is believed to be a hybrid of the RQ-4 Block 10 and Block 20, with a wingspan of 130.9 feet, and an AN/ZPY-3 multifunction active sensor )MFAS) capable of scanning 2.7 million square miles in a single mission.

The Block 10 that crashed at Pax River this week is a technology demonstrator that was bought from the Air Force, and has some vast differences from the MQ-4 that was unveiled.

On Jun. 14, the U.S. Navy’s MQ-4C Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) unmanned aircraft system (UAS), was unveiled during a ceremony attended by about 300 people at Northrop Grumman’s Palmdale, California, manufacturing plant.

Now officially called the Triton, the MQ-4C, that is continuing testing and evaluation, parts assembly and installation, and radar risk-reduction tests, will complement the P-8A Poseidon within the Navy’s Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force family of systems.

The MQ-4C is a much advanced version than the first generation Global Hawk Block 10: it is believed to be a sort of Block 20 and Block 30 Global Hawk hybrid, carrying Navy payload. With a 130.9-foot wingspan, the giant drone features an AN/ZPY-3 multi-function active-sensor (MFAS) radar system, that gives the Triton the ability to cover more than 2.7 million square miles in a single Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance (ISR) mission.

The unveiling ceremony came just three days after a BAMS demonstrator aircraft crashed during a test flight near Bloodworth Island in, Dorchester County, Maryland. Fortunately, there were no damages to people or property on the ground.


posted on Jun, 14 2012 @ 07:32 PM
Americas new baby sitter / citizen sitter.
Watch out for them in future.

posted on Jun, 14 2012 @ 07:54 PM
reply to post by Zaphod58

Just 2 of those can potentially scan the entire USA per mission...

2.7 million sq. miles coverage per mission. 3.79 million sq. miles in the USA.


posted on Jun, 14 2012 @ 08:04 PM
reply to post by Dustytoad

The AN/ZPY-3 is an AESA radar designed for maritime surveillance. I'm not sure that it would work, or work nearly as well looking at land based targets as it would looking for sea based targets, which it's designed for.

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