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Second MQ-4C Triton UAV Completes First Flight

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Second Triton UAS Completes First Flight

(Source: US Naval Air Systems Command; issued Oct 16, 2014)


PATUXENT RIVER, Md. --- The second MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft takes off from Northrop Grumman's Palmdale, Calif. facility Oct.15 for its inaugural flight.

The 6.7 hour flight prepared the aircraft for its cross-country trip to Naval Air Station Patuxent River this month, where it will continue the next phase of the flight test program. (ends)


Second Northrop Grumman-Built Triton UAS Completes First Flight

(Source: Northrop Grumman; issued Oct. 16, 2014)

PALMDALE, Calif. --- The U.S. Navy's second MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system (UAS) has successfully completed its first flight. Operating out of a manufacturing facility in Palmdale, a Navy and Northrop Grumman flight test team conducted the 6.7-hour flight Oct. 15. The flight is a critical first step in preparing the aircraft to fly to a Navy facility in Maryland later this month.

"Our team worked incredibly hard to get the second Triton ready for first flight, which will help us plan its ferry flight to Naval Air Station Patuxent River," said Mike Mackey, Triton program director, Northrop Grumman. "We're eager to continue working with the Navy during the next phase of Triton's flight test program to speed up its availability to the warfighter."

In preparation for a safe ferry flight, the aircraft will undergo a variety of ground checks and inspections.

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 Navy's program of record calls for 68 Tritons to be fielded.


Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide.

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