Northrop Grumman Corp. and Triumph Aerostructures-Vought Aircraft Division, a subsidiary of Triumph Group Inc., have successfully demonstrated the structural strength of the U.S. Navy’s Triton unmanned aircraft system (UAS) wing, the company announced in a Nov. 4 release. This is a key capability that will allow the aircraft to descend from high altitudes to make positive identification of targets of interest during surveillance missions.
A team of engineers found that no failures or unacceptable deformations of the wing occurred when it was subjected to a load at 22 percent above the Navy’s requirement.
“During surveillance missions using Triton, Navy operators may spot a target of interest and order the aircraft to a lower altitude to make positive identification,” said Mike Mackey, Northrop Gumman’s Triton UAS program director. “The wing’s strength allows the aircraft to safely descend, sometimes through weather patterns, to complete this maneuver.”