Autonomous Systems

Autonomous Systems

From unmanned aerial vehicles and underwater minehunting systems to defense readiness targets, Northrop Grumman is a leader in autonomous systems, helping our customers meet a wide variety of missions.

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Featured Article: The Future of Defense

Digital Technology is transforming the battlefield from land to sea to space – and protecting our lives in the process. Learn how the Internet of Military Things (IoMT) will enable devices such as wearables and smartphones to automatically communicate with vehicles, weapons and satellites, providing each service and allied nations with enhanced perception and understanding in the field.


Autonomous Systems Videos

Autonomous Systems

Learn more about Northrop Grumman’s work in autonomous systems in air, on land, under water and in space.

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MQ-4C Triton

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Global Hawk

Aircraft flying over mountains

Future Autonomous Air

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Fire Scout

Unmanned military aircraft flying in the sky

NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS)

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Bat Unmanned Air System (UAS)

Underwater minehunting product projected downward in the ocean

AQS-24B Minehunting System

Test Pilots and Autonoumus System Design


Autonomous Systems in the News

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Northrop Grumman to Design Autonomous Vertical Takeoff and Landing Aircraft for DARPA

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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 RQ-4 RangeHawk Supports NASA’s Artemis Mission

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Northrop Grumman Unveils First Australian MQ-4C Triton

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Northrop Grumman’s RQ-4 RangeHawks Embark on New Mission

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MQ-8C Fire Scout Completes First Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations Exercise

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US Navy Deploys MQ-8C Fire Scout to Indo-Pacific

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NATO RQ-4D Phoenix Achieves Major Milestone with Full System Handover

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Northrop Grumman Completes Ferry Flight of Japan’s RQ-4B Global Hawk

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

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Northrop Grumman-Built MQ-8C Fire Scout Makes Operational Deployment with the US Navy

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Australia’s First MQ-4C Triton Takes Shape

Four Global Hawk aircrafts lined up on runway

Northrop Grumman Global Hawk to Expand Participation in SkyRange Program for US Department of Defense

Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle flying above desert

Northrop Grumman Awarded Mission Planning Contract to Increase Global Hawk Operational Flexibility

The update will enhance Global Hawk’s ability to provide critical intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance data.

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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 Completes Successful First Flight of Japan’s RQ-4B Global Hawk

Unmanned military aircraft flying in the sky

NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance Force Achieves Initial Operating Capability

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Northrop Grumman to Develop Advanced Air-to-Air Missile Engagement Concept

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Northrop Grumman Enhances Alliance Security with Delivery of Fifth NATO RQ-4D Phoenix

Unmanned military aircraft flying in the sky

Northrop Grumman Initiates Build of First Australian Triton

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Triton Arrives in Pacific Region for First Deployment

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

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Northrop Grumman’s Plan To Replace The MQ-9 Reaper With Stealthy Autonomous Drones

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Northrop Grumman Supports Government Flight Testing of the MQ-8C Fire Scout Radar

Autonomous Systems Media Contacts

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Scott Villiard
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