Northrop Has Been Awarded a $65 Million Contract for Long-Lead Components of MQ-4C Triton

FALLS CHURCH, (BGM) – Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, California, has been awarded a $65,173,723 contract for long-lead components for the manufacture and delivery of MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft for the U.S. Navy and the government of Australia, learned, quoting U.S. DoD.

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The Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton is an American high-altitude long endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) under development for the United States Navy as a surveillance aircraft. In tandem with its associated ground control station, it is considered an unmanned aircraft system (UAS).

Developed under the 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 maritime patrol aircraft.

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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. The current sensor suites allow ships to be tracked over time by gathering information on their speed, location, and classification.

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According the U.S. DoD statement, work for this contract will be performed in San Diego, California (27.7%); Salt Lake City, Utah (15.55); Baltimore, Maryland (14.75); Waco, Texas (9.3%); Bridgeport, West Virginia (8%t); Red Oak, Texas (6.2%); and various locations in the continental U.S. (18.6%). Work is expected to be completed in June 2020.

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Source: U.S. DoD