Northrop Grumman, U.S. Navy Complete Initial Flight Tests on MQ-4C Triton Drone
March 25, 2014 8:50 AM
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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.
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RE: Cool a new one, because we can never have enough Drones!
3/26/2014 5:57:07 PM
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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