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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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RE: Shouldn't take long
By Hammer1024 on 3/25/2014 2:25:09 PM , Rating: 3
Err. No, this bird's to big for a carrier. You do realize it's the size of a Boeing 727?

While it outwardly looks like RQ-4, it's structure is more corrosion resistant for the Naval environment.

It also has significant changes to its avionics & ISR suit.

And to some of us, it is interesting and very new.


RE: Shouldn't take long
By rocman on 3/25/2014 4:23:39 PM , Rating: 2
Wow didn't realize it's got a longer wingspan than the 727! Thought it's less than half of the 727's length though. Still, very impressive.


RE: Shouldn't take long
By Jeffk464 on 3/26/2014 5:38:55 PM , Rating: 2
Yup, think U2 a whole lot of high aspect wing ration for the weight.


RE: Shouldn't take long
By Jeffk464 on 3/26/2014 5:39:34 PM , Rating: 2
eh wing area


RE: Shouldn't take long
By corduroygt on 3/26/2014 12:48:14 PM , Rating: 2
It's not the size of a 727, don't spew BS. Only the wingspan is comparable to the 727, it's far smaller than the 727 in other dimensions and weight.


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