MQ-4C Triton undergoes test flight with upgraded hardware and software configurationNews
July 30, 2021
PATUXENT RIVER, Md. The U.S. Navy conducted its first test flight of the MQ-4C Triton in its upgraded hardware and software configuration at NAS Patuxent River, beginning the next phase of the unmanned aircraft’s development.
According to officials, the MQ-4C Triton flew in its new configuration, known as Integrated Functional Capability (IFC)-4, which will aim to bring an enhanced multi-mission sensor capability as part of the Navy’s Maritime Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance, and Targeting (MISR&T) transition plan.
Triton's Integrated Test Team (ITT) comprised of the U.S. Navy, Australian cooperative partners, and government/industry teams completed a functional check flight and initial aeromechanical test points, demonstrating stability and control of the MQ-4C after a 30-month modification period.
Officials claim that multiple Triton assets have been modified into the IFC-4 configuration in support of IOC in 2023. A single test asset is in the current IFC-3 configuration to support sustainment of deployed systems as well as risk reduction for IFC-4.