Navy’s high-flying Triton drone completes initial flight tests

Navy Triton UAS

The Navy’s new MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System, which will add vast coverage areas to maritime surveillance, recently completed its initial flight testing and before long will be accompanying the manned P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft in surveillance missions.

The recent test program, known as initial envelope expansion, validated upwards of 568 test points and was designed to measure the aircraft’s ability to fly at various altitudes, speeds, and weights, according to a Northrop Grumman announcement.

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