New MQ-4C Triton Maritime Spy Drone after a many ground tests, is entering taxi testing, as the next step. Image © Northrop Grumman
MQ-4C Triton is a new broad area maritime surveillance (BAMS) unmanned aircraft system (UAS), developed by Northrop Grumman, for the US Navy.
The Triton $1.16 billion project in development since 2008. Measures 48 feet long with a 130-foot wingspan, powered by a single Rolls-Royce AE 3007 turbofan, has a speed up to 375 MPH at an altitudes up to 60,000 feet.
Is expected to enter service in 2015.
The Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) under development for the United States Navy as a surveillance aircraft. Developed under the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) program, the system is intended to give continuous maritime surveillance for the US Navy.
The system is expected to enter service around 2015. Around 40 UAVs will be based at various sites – including Hawaii; Diego Garcia; NAS Jacksonville, Florida; Kadena Air Base, Japan; NAS Point Mugu, California, and NAS Sigonella, Italy. The Air Force Times reported on September 14, 2012, that the system will also be stationed at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.