MQ-4C Triton

MQ-4C Triton

Making the World’s Oceans Smaller

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Program Overview

Northrop Grumman’s MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system (UAS) provides real-time intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) over vast ocean and coastal regions.

Based on the proven Global Hawk UAS, Triton’s autonomous operations are supported by land-based command and control mission planners and sensor operators. Triton will be equipped with a unique and robust mission sensor suite that provides 360-degree coverage on all sensors, providing unprecedented maritime domain awareness for the U.S. Navy.

Triton also incorporates a reinforced airframe, for increased internal payload, and wing for hail, bird strike, and gust load protection, along with de-icing and lightning protection systems. These features allow the aircraft to descend and ascend through harsh maritime weather environments to gain a closer view of ships and other targets at sea when needed.

Built for the U.S. Navy, Triton will support a wide range of missions including maritime ISR patrol, signals intelligence, search and rescue and communications relay. The aircraft can fly over 24 hours at a time, at altitudes higher than 10 miles, with an operational range of 8,200 nautical miles.

The Navy’s program of record calls for 68 aircraft to be fielded.

See the Triton Flight Crew in Action

InfoGraphic – TRITON: 5 Years and Going Strong

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Triton by the Numbers

Triton in the News

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Northrop Grumman Delivers Fourth Triton to U.S. Navy for Initial Operational Capability

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Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton Flying Test Bed Demonstrates Targeting Capability During Northern Edge 2023

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Northrop Grumman Connects Distributed Platforms Across Domains

Multi-platform demonstration showcased interoperability among F-35, MQ-4C Triton, E-2D Advanced Hawkeye and naval ships

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Northrop Grumman Unveils First Australian MQ-4C Triton

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Northrop Grumman Delivers First Production IFC-4 Triton to US Navy

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Australia’s First MQ-4C Triton Takes Shape

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Northrop Grumman Australia Delivers Triton NITE Capability Ahead of Schedule

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MQ-4C Triton Completes First Flight in Multi-Intelligence Configuration

Milestone demonstrates significant progress toward initial operating capability (Photo credit: U.S. Navy)

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Northrop Grumman Maritime Autonomous System Surpasses 40,000 Flight Hours

BAMS-D deployments provide time-sensitive intelligence to US combatant commanders

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Northrop Grumman Initiates Build of First Australian Triton

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MQ-4C Triton Deployed, Quickly Became an ‘Invaluable Asset’

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Australia Commits to One Additional Triton

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Triton Arrives in Pacific Region for First Deployment

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Australia to Purchase Second Triton Aircraft

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Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu Celebrates Commencement of Triton Flight Operations

Triton Media Contact

Scott Villiard
(858) 618-3706