Northrop Grumman Receives $33.8 Million in Support of U.S. Navy MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System

Northrop Grumman Systems has been awarded a delivery order, worth around $33.8 million, in support of U.S. Navy MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS).

The firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order was awarded by the U.S. Department of Navy’s Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR).

The order procures material kits and retrofit labor to incorporate the Integrated Functional Capability 4.0 configuration into retrofit aircraft and ground segments. Work is expected to be completed in January 2022.

Work will be performed in San Diego, California (41.2%); Palmdale, California (30.7%); Waco, Texas (9.9%); Salt Lake City, Utah (2.9%); Newtown, North Dakota (2.5%) Verona, Wisconsin (1.6%); Sterling, Virginia (1.5%); Irvine, California (1%); San Clemente, California (0.7%); and various locations inside and outside the continental U.S. (7.9% and 0.1%, respectively).

Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton is an American high-altitude long endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed for the U.S. Navy as a maritime surveillance aircraft. It is developed from the U.S. Air Force’s RQ-4 Global Hawk surveillance aircraft.

Developed under the Navy’s Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) program, the system is intended to provide real-time intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions (ISR) over vast ocean and coastal regions, continuous maritime surveillance, conduct search and rescue missions, and to complement the Boeing P-8 Poseidon manned maritime patrol aircraft.

Triton builds on elements of the RQ-4 Global Hawk; changes include reinforcements to the air frame and wing, de-icing systems, and lightning protection systems. These capabilities allow the aircraft to descend through cloud layers to gain a closer view of ships and other targets at sea when needed.

Initial Operational Capability (IOC) for the MQ-4C was achieved in 2018 with Full Operating Capability (FOC) planned in 2023.

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