GovCon firms must put their innovations and new ideas to the test before sending technology into the battlespace or other arenas and TheNewNewInternet follows every step of the process from trial to fielding.
This coverage frequently includes many first steps toward fielding new systems, including the first test flight of Northrop Grumman‘s Triton unmanned aerial vehicle for the Navy in late May.
Triton, a variant of Northrop’s iconic Global Hawk, stayed in the air for nearly one-and-a-half hours over the company’s Palmdale, Calif. facility as the company and Navy aimed to demonstrate Triton’s flight control systems.
Whenever possible, TheNewNewInternet features videos of these events and this is one of many examples where readers have the opportunity to watch the technology in action.
In this case, viewers will see Triton take off and land for its maiden voyage into the air.
Northrop also marked another first for its UAV portfolio during May as its X-47B combat UAV took off from the U.S.S. George H.W. Bush, marking the first catapult launch of an unmanned vehicle from an aircraft carrier.
Five months earlier, the Northrop-Navy team maneuvered the X-47B maneuvered on the U.S.S. Harry S. Truman carrier in preparation for the catapult launch.
Click here to watch the drone take off into history.
Readers also look to TheNewNewInternet for the latest on weapons tests, including a large trial the Missile Defense Agency and Navy conducted with a Lockheed Martin-made ballistic missile defense system and a Raytheon-made missile.
During the test at Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawai, Raytheon’s Standard Missile-3 intercepted and destroyed a target with assistance from Lockheed’s AN/SPY-1 radar and its Aegis BMD 4.0 weapon system.
As seen in this video, radar found the target and the Aegis system guided the missile toward the target.