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Initial flight tests clear the way for new tests for Triton

The U.S. military is quickly ramping up its use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to not only save costs, but to also put fewer pilots in harm’s way. The U.S. Navy and Northrop Grumman have announced that they have completed initial flight testing on the MQ-4C Triton UAV, which can be configured for multiple intelligence, surveillance, and recon sensor payloads.
The Triton has completed thirteen test flights since it first took to the sky back in May; the longest of which was 81 hours.

The aircraft can now fly at various altitudes (the UAV reached 59,950 feet over the course of testing), speeds, and weights. The initial stages of flight-testing validated over 568 test points according to Northrop Grumman.
The Triton test aircraft will be taken to Naval Air Station Patuxent River, where the aircraft sensor suite will be installed and flight-tested for validation of the capabilities of the aircraft.
The Navy has requested 68 Triton aircraft to add to its fleet.

Source: Northrop Grumman

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By michael67 on 3/25/2014 11:47:13 AM , Rating: 1

By stm1185 on 3/25/2014 4:21:53 PM , Rating: 2
Yes. A drone lost is a pilot saved.

By Reclaimer77 on 3/25/2014 9:17:18 PM , Rating: 1
I would rather a pilot die than witness entire population centers wiped out.

War is horrible, and if we allow ourselves to think otherwise through "life saving" drone warfare, that's when the REAL war atrocities will take place.

By Samus on 3/25/2014 11:28:05 PM , Rating: 2
War is horrible, but made ever worse when our pilots die fighting a (hopefully) righteous cause.

By Monkey's Uncle on 3/26/2014 7:18:50 AM , Rating: 2
Righteous as defined by whoever is sending you to fight the enemy.

Somehow I don't think righteous plays any part in the use of these things any more than the American NSA spying on my cellphone is righteous.

By Reclaimer77 on 3/26/2014 5:57:07 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think you get my point.

If we get to the point that war isn't seen as something horrible, we're going to take a much more cavalier attitude toward it. Leading to escalations in conflicts. Which ultimately will lead to more loss in life long term.

Picture Vietnam. Imagine if there were no body bags coming home, no reports of how many were massacred. No mention of how many on the other side we massacred etc etc. Would the people even care? It's just a bunch of drones and robots right? Let our Government do whatever they want, who cares!

See where I'm going?

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