The U.S. Navy gets its own drone

Northrop Grumman has unveiled the first photo of the U.S. Navy NQ-4C Triton Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Unmanned Aircraft System (BAMS UAS). The Northrop Grumman BAMS UAS is hailed as a versatile Maritime intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance platform able to support a variety of missions.
"Northrop Grumman is proud to provide our U.S. Navy customer with the MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft, a key element of the BAMS UAS program, representing the future of naval aviation and a strategic element of the U.S. Navy," said Duke Dufresne, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems sector vice president and general manager for unmanned systems.
"The BAMS UAS program will revolutionize persistent maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. We are honored to serve the U.S. Navy and our nation's allies in the quest to build and maintain a strong and cooperative global maritime domain."

The aircraft is designed to operate independently or collaboratively with fleet assets. The goal of the aircraft is to provide commanders with persistent and reliable photo and video information on surface threats and to be able to cover vast areas of open ocean and littoral regions.
The current BAMS demonstrator aircraft is block 10 RQ-4 and is equipped with Maritime sensors and is being used by the U.S. Navy Fifth Fleet. The demonstrator aircraft has the Triton's 360° multi-function active sensor radar on board.
Northrop Grumman says that the aircraft will be called Triton to keep with tradition of naming Navy surveillance aircraft after Greek sea gods. Triton is the Greek messenger of the sea.

Source: Northrop Grumman

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