Military Embedded Systems

MQ-4C Triton undergoes test flight with upgraded hardware and software configuration


July 30, 2021

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

U.S. Navy photo.

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.