We last heard about the Navy’s long-range MQ-4C Triton drone back in 2013 and still the project is active and slowly developing for deployment. This week it has completed its formal lab testing, announced developers Northrop Grumman. It also flew successfully for the first with a software upgrade adding “Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System (TCAS), multi-aircraft control and additional Multi-Function Active Sensor (MFAS) radar modes.”
What makes this so special?
When the drone becomes active “this autonomous vehicle is intended for providing intelligence and recon during flights that can last up to 24 hours at a time, allowing it to monitor 1 million square miles of the ocean. The plan now is for the MQ-4C to enter early Operational Capability (EOC)” said the developers. It is hopeful to be deployed next year.
With this drone, the US Navy will become more capable of surveillance and also with autonomous technology it will be more self-sufficient.
So what are your thoughts on this new drone?