Military Embedded Systems

MQ-4C Triton receives milestone C approval


September 26, 2016

Mariana Iriarte

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

MQ-4C Triton receives milestone C approval
Photo by U.S. Navy

NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. Department of the Navy officials announced the MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) received milestone C approval, which will enable the program to enter into Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP).

Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (AT&L) Honorable Frank Kendall made the decision this month. The Triton is scheduled to deploy in fiscal year 2018. It will a forward- deployed, land-based, autonomously operated system that provides persistent ISR within a range of 2,000 nautical miles using a multi-sensor mission payload including maritime radar, Electro-Optical/Infrared (EO/IR), Electronic Support Measures (ESM), Automatic Identification System (AIS) and basic communications relay.

“This milestone brings us closer to delivering a new capability to the fleet that will change the way our Navy executes ISR around the globe,” says Sean Burke, Triton program manager. “Teamed with manned counterparts, Triton’s highly capable sensor package will provide persistent maritime intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance [ISR] data collection and dissemination capabilities to the fleet."

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