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MQ-4C Triton  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 31 May 2018
Maiden Flight: 22 May 2013
Total Production: 74
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
Maiden Flight: 28 February 1998
Total Production: 125
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 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 Triton News

There are 34 news between
22 Apr 2008 and 25 Jun 2020
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Thursday, June 25, 2020Australia Funds Option for Three Additional MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft
Friday, June 19, 2020Australia Provides Funding for Three Additional Triton Unmanned Aircraft
Thursday, February 6, 2020US Navy Orders Two Additional MQ-4 Triton Systems
Friday, December 20, 2019US Navy Orders Three Additional MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft under Lot 4 LRIP Contract
Monday, September 23, 2019US Navy Orders AB/ZPY-3 Radars for MQ-4C Drones Through 2025
Thursday, June 20, 2019Iran Succesfully Shoots Down US Navy's MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Reconnaissance Aircraft
Thursday, April 18, 2019Australia Places Firm Order for Second MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft
Tuesday, June 26, 2018Royal Australia Air Force to Procure Six MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System
Friday, June 1, 2018US Navy Triton Unmanned Maritime Surveillance Aircraft Enters Active Duty
Thursday, April 5, 2018FMS: Germany Requests Sale of Four MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Operators & Related Equipment

Decision taken in late June 2018 to buy six Triton aircraft
Aircraft to be delivered in 2025. Order cancelled in January 2020.
United States of America68
One MQ-4C shot down by Iran on June 20, 2019

Grand Total 773
Propulsion Systems
AE 3007Hx1
Sensor Systems
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