Navy readies future deployment of long-range maritime patrol UAVs with infrastructure on east and west coasts

 U.S. Navy leaders are continuing their expansion of basing and infrastructure to support the Navy’s future fleet of Northrop GrummanMQ-4C Triton Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) long-range unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

In August Navy officials awarded two contracts to build a mission-control complex for MQ-4C Triton UAVs at Jacksonville Naval Air Station, Fla., and to build a maintenance and training facility for the Triton at Point Mugu Naval Air Station, which is part of the Ventura County Naval Base complex north of Los Angeles.

The Point Mugu contract, awarded last week, calls for Triton Maintenance Training Facility PM50 renovation at Point Mugu, which will renovate the west wing of building PM50 at Point Mugu into a maintenance training facility for the Triton UAV.

The facility will provide training device classrooms, high bay aircraft trainers, instructors work area, and administrative spaces to support training efforts for the Navy’s future fleet of MQ-4C Tritons.

The construction firm of A&D GC Inc. in Santee, Calif., is building the Triton maintenance and training facility at Point Mugu under terms of a potential $9.9 million contract awarded Tuesday by officials of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest in San Diego.

MQ-4C BAMS unmanned aircraft will work together with the Navy’s future fleet of P-8A Poseidon long-range manned maritime patrol aircraft to provide combat information to expeditionary forces, carrier strike groups, and other Navy fighting forces. Specifically, BAMS UAVs will help locate and track potentially hostile surface ships and submarines.

The MQ-4C Triton UAV, which is based on the Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk long-range UAV, will provide intelligence of broad open-ocean areas, and post contacts to the Global Information Grid (GIG) in support of a variety of intelligence activities.

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