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Australia Signs MoU for MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System | Navy Recognition - 28 June 2018

--- Quote ---The Australian government signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Navy June 25, to purchase up to six MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Air Systems (UAS).

The MOU outlines the cooperative agreement between the two countries which will allow Australia to influence future design and development of the program.
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The Royal Australian Air Force plans to operate Triton alongside the P-8A Poseidon to support its maritime patrol and other surveillance roles. Photo taken from

MQ-4C Triton UAV readied by Northrop for Signal Intelligence | Air Recognition - 23 July 2018

--- Quote ---Officials of the Naval Air Systems Command at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md., announced a $19.3 million order Wednesday to the Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems segment in San Diego to buy unique materials necessary to integrate the Triton integrated functional capability (IFC) 4.0.

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Compared with the Global Hawk, the Triton has a reinforced airframe and wing, de-icing systems, and lightning protection to enable it to descend through cloud layers to gain a closer view of ships and other targets at sea. It can track ships over time by gathering information on their speed, location, and type.

The Triton IFC 4.0 project seeks to upgrade the Triton UAV with multi-intelligence capabilities that include SIGINT, such that Triton IFC 4.0 UAVs could replace the Navy's fleet of EP-3 aircraft. The EP-3 aircraft are based on the Lockheed Martin P-3 Orion four-engine turboprop airframe, and are scheduled to be retired in 2021. Much of the EP-3's mission and electronic equipment is secret and is conducted in high-threat areas where long-range standoff is necessary.
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--- Quote ---US Navy deploys Triton UAV for first time
27 January 2020

The US Navy (USN) has deployed its Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton Broad Area Maritime System (BAMS) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for the first time, it was announced on 26 January.

The first of the service's naval variant-RQ-4 Global Hawk high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) UAVs arrived at Andersen Air Force Base (AFB) on the island of Guam. The type's maiden deployment also marked its introduction to the US Navy's 7th Fleet in the Pacific theatre.

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Unmanned Patrol Squadron (VUP)-19 - the navy's first unmanned patrol squadron - will operate and maintain the aircraft as part of an early operational capability (EOC) to further develop the concept of operations and fleet learning associated with operating a HALE system in the maritime domain, the navy said.
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An MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system (UAS) taxis after landing at Andersen Air Force Base for a deployment as part of an early operational capability (EOC) to further develop the concept of operations and fleet learning associated with operating a high-altitude, long-endurance system in the maritime domain. Source: US Air Force


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Australia to receive first three Triton HALE UAVs by 2025

IFC-4 functionality will add a signals intelligence capability to the UAVís baseline IFC-3 configuration.

The production pause proposed in draft US budget papers for USN Triton UAVs in fiscal year 2021 (FY 2021) and FY 2022 provides Australia with an unprecedented opportunity to fill the LRIP-5 production gap with the remainder of its own Triton requirement, said Deeble.
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A USN MQ-4C Triton UAV taxiing at Andersen Air Force Base on the island of Guam. Australia is expected to receive three Triton UAVs by 2025, manufacturer Northrop Grumman told Janes on 3 July. (DVIDS)


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