Northrop Grumman unveils the first MQ-4C Triton drone for the Royal Australian Air Force

Northrop Grumman held a presentation in California of the first MQ-4C Triton drone, which will be transferred

Royal Australian Armed Forces. The event took place at a plant for the production of long-range aircraft.

What is known

Australia orders seven from Northrop Grummandrones. Work on the production of the MQ-4C Triton began in mid-autumn 2020 at a facility in Moss Point, Mississippi. Production of the first drone will end in 2023, and in 2024 it will go to Australia.

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MQ-4C Triton unmanned aerial vehicleswill be stationed at RAF Tindal Air Base, but will operate from Edinburgh Air Base. Marshal Robert Chipman said that the Triton could be paired with the P-8A Poseidon and would cover large areas over long distances.

For those who are not in the know

MQ-4C Triton is an American unmannedaircraft of long range and flight altitude. It is based on the RQ-4 Global Hawk. The key changes were lightning protection, a reinforced structure and an anti-icing system.

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Strategic Maritime Reconnaissance Dronemade its first flight in 2013. The cost of the MQ-4C Triton is more than $100 million, while almost $13 billion was invested in the development. The drone can reach a speed of 610 km/h. The flight range is 15,200 km, the duration is 30 hours, and the altitude is 17 km.

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