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MQ-4C BAMS Triton  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2018
Maiden Flight: 22 May 2013
Total Production: 71
Development Cost: USD$1.2 billion
Unitary Cost: USD$210 million
Total Cost: USD$15 billion
Also Known As: Broad Area Maritime Surveillance and RQ-4N BAMS
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Aurora Flight Sciences (V-tail assembly and other composite structures), BAE Systems, L-3 Communications (communications systems), Northrop Grumman*, Raytheon (mission control system segment and electro-optical/infrared sensor), Rolls-Royce (engines), Sierra Nevada Corporation (Electronic Support Measures) and Triumph Aerostructures (wing)   (*) lead contractor
Parent System: RQ-4 Global Hawk
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): November 2001
Total Production: 119
Total Cost: USD$28 billion
Family Members: Block 30M RQ-4B Global Hawk, Euro Hawk, RQ-4 Block 30 Global Hawk, RQ-4 Block 40 Global Hawk, RQ-4A Global Hawk and RQ-4B Global Hawk
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Description: The RQ-4 Global Hawk is a high-altitude, long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aircraft with an integrated sensor suite that provides intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities all over the world. The RQ-4 program was developed for the United States Air Force (USAF) by Northrop Grumman in the 1990s and will eventually replace the venerable U-2 manned reconnaissance aircraft. The program started as an advanced concept technology demonstrator (ACTD) in 1995 with the aim to deliver an all-weather, day/night, wide-area surveillance system. The first aircraft was delivered to the USAF in November 2001 to support the Global War on Terror (GWOT) with the RQ-4 system reaching full operational capability by 2012. USAF plans call for the procurement of 77 aircraft (cut down to 66 aircraft in 2011) with the US Navy to procure an undisclosed number of RQ-4Ns beginning in 2014. Germany is the first export customer with five Euro Hawks on order.

The Global Hawk system consists of the RQ-4 air vehicle; mission control element (MCE) with two workstations for a pilot and a sensor operator crew; launch and recovery element (LRE) also operated by pilot with his workstation acting as the cockpit; a wide variety of sensors; command and control links covering health and status of the aircraft, sensors, navigational systems and communication links; support element; and trained personnel. The Imagery Intelligence (IMINT) sensors include synthetic aperture radar, electro-optical and medium-wave infrared sensors, and active electronically scanned array radar. The system offers a wide variety of employment options. The long range and endurance of this system allow tremendous flexibility in meeting mission requirements. In the United States Department of Defense (DoD) parlance 'R' refers to Reconnaissance and 'Q' refers to unmanned aircraft system.

The Northrop Grumman RQ-4N Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Unmanned Aircraft System (BAMS UAS) is a marinized version of the RQ-4 Global Hawk aircraft family. Its primary mission is to provide persistent maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) data collection and dissemination capability that fulfills the US Navy's requirement for continuous battle-space awareness. The BAMS system will operate in conjunction with the P-8A Poseidon multi-mission maritime aircraft and support the joint forces in open ocean and littoral environments worldwide. The US Navy awarded the BAMS $1.16 billion System Development and Demonstration (SDD) contract to Northrop Grumman on April 22, 2008. The SDD contract extends through September 2014.

The RQ-4N BAMS platform will be equipped with a comprehensive suite of sensors and communications systems to detect, track, classify, and identify maritime and littoral targets delivering this critical battle-space awareness data to joint forces and fleet commanders worldwide. The sensor suite will include the Northrop Grumman's BAMS Multi-Function Active Sensor active electronically scanned array radar and Raytheon's electro-optical payloads.

MQ-4C BAMS Triton Specifications

Crew: 0
Number of Engines: 1
Ceiling: 56,500 foot (17,221 meter)
Max Range: 8,200 nautical mile (9,438 mile)
Flight Endurance: 24 hour (1 day)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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MQ-4C BAMS Triton News

There are 22 news between
22 Apr 2008 and 4 Apr 2017
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Tuesday, April 4, 2017US Navy MQ-4C Triton Ready for Deployment in Early 2018
Tuesday, March 7, 2017German Air Force to Buy Three MQ-4C Triton by 2025
Tuesday, September 27, 2016US Navy Places Order for Three Lot 1 Low Rate Initial Production MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft
Monday, September 26, 2016US Navy MQ-4C Triton UAS Declared Ready for Low Rate Initial Production
Tuesday, February 16, 2016US Navy's MQ-4C Triton UAS Completes Operational Assessment
Tuesday, January 5, 2016Northrop Grumman to Demonstrate Tern Naval ISR and Strike Drone for US Navy
Monday, March 24, 2014Northrop Grumman, US Navy Complete Initial Flight Testing of the Triton Unmanned Aircraft System
Thursday, June 13, 2013AN/DPX-7 Reduced Size Transponder Successfully Flies on Board Triton
Wednesday, May 22, 2013MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft Completes its Maiden Flight
Thursday, June 14, 2012Northrop Grumman Unveils US Navy's MQ-4C BAMS Triton

Operators & Related Equipment

Aircraft to be delivered in 2025

Grand Total 712
Propulsion Systems
AE 3007Hx1
Sensor Systems
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