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Northrop to Enter Low-Rate Initial Production for MQ-4C Triton UAS

Northrop to Enter Low-Rate Initial Production for MQ-4C Triton UAS - top government contractors - best government contracting event

Northrop Grumman MQ-4C TritonNorthrop Grumman has obtained approval from Defense Department acquisition chief Frank Kendall to begin low-rate initial production of the company’s MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system for the U.S. Navy‘s surveillance operations.

The Navy said Friday the milestone C decision represents the beginning of the production and deployment stage of the Triton UAS program.

Sean Burke, Triton program manager at the Navy, noted the aircraft is equipped with a sensor package designed to help the military branch collect and disseminate intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance data.

Prior to approval, Northrop teamed up with the branch’s VX-1, VX-20 and VUP-19 squadrons to test the sensor imagery and performance of the MQ-4C at various ranges and latitudes, the company said Monday.

The MQ-4C worked to transfer full-motion video to a Boeing-built P-8A Poseidon aircraft as well as met flight duration requirements during operational assessment tests.

Northrop designed the UAS to autonomously perform persistent ISR functions within a 2,000-nautical-mile range with the aircraft’s multisensor mission payload comprised of maritime radar, electro-optical/infrared, electronic support measures, automatic identification and basic communications relay systems.

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Written by Mary-Louise Hoffman

is a writer of news summaries about executive-level business activity in the government contracting sector. Her reports for ExecutiveBiz are focused on trends and events that drive the GovCon industry to include commercial technologies that private companies are developing for federal government use. She contributes news content to ExecutiveBiz’s sister sites GovCon Wire and ExecutiveGov.

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