U.S. Navy preparing for the first flight altitude UAV MQ-4C Triton long duration flight, reports Defensetech. According to the requirements of the Navy, the unit should possess high-rise 6 thousand feet and 30 hours of autonomy.
UAV «Triton» is being developed by Northrop Grumman under the concluded in 2008 with the U.S. Navy contract phase SDD (System Development and Demonstration) for a period of 89 months and cost 1.16 billion dollars.
«The first MQ-4C Triton SDD, or SDD-1, will carry out jogging at the end of this month at the factory airfield Northrop Grumman in Palmdale, pcs. California, «said Captain Jim Hoke (Jim Hoke), manager applets.
Currently, built two standard MQ-4C Triton, third is under production at the company’s Moss Point, pcs. Mississippi, said a source in the industry.
The Navy plans to build additional devices and move in 2015 to the initial performance test by which to assess the operational and technological readiness of the system to series production.
Triton UAV is specially equipped sea option RQ-4B Global Hawk Air Force.
Meanwhile, as is the development of MQ-4C Triton, the Navy has 4 demonstrator UAV BAMS-D, used in the area of responsibility of the 5th U.S. fleet.
Converted from «Global Hawk» Air Force aids BAMS-D thought as demonstrators marine UAV for action 5th Fleet, immediately practicing the ability to develop «Triton.»
Practically, BAMS-D devices in current time makes surveillance tasks in the area of responsibility of the 5th Fleet and have gained just 10,000 flight hours, said a source in the industry.