Military Embedded Systems

MQ-4C Triton sense and avoid capabilities for to undergo advancements

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May 11, 2021

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

MQ-4C Triton sense and avoid capabilities for to undergo advancements
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FALLS CHURCH, Va. Northrop Grumman Corporation has been contracted by the U.S. Navy to prototype and reduce the risk of integrating sense and avoid (SAA) capabilities into the high-altitude, long-endurance MQ-4C Triton autonomous system. This capability will aim to allow the Triton to safely operate in shared airspace with manned aircraft.

According to the company, a key partner in the development of SAA is Aviation Communications & Surveillance Systems (ACSS), LLC., a joint venture of L3Harris and Thales.

Northrop Grumman and ACSS have been collaborating closely with Naval Air Systems Command in the development and evaluation of SAA technology, and have worked together to contribute to the development of SAA-related industry standards.

Sense and avoid is a focus of the next developmental increment of the MQ-4C system, and a critical element of the cooperative development program requirements defined between the U.S. Navy and Royal Australian Air Force.

 

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