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Northrop Grumman's MQ-4C Triton Long-Range Drone Completes First Flight

Posted May 23, 2013 9:26 AM

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Northrop Grumman's MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft is one step closer to serving the Navy in reconnaissance and surveillance missions, having just completed its first flight. The drone spent 80 minutes in the air, reaching an altitude of 20,000 feet. That's child's play compared to the aircraft's full potential: according to the Navy, it can soar at up to 60,000 feet and stay airborne for as long as 30 hours, due in no small part to its 130-foot wingspan. By 2015, the Triton will undergo operational testing and evaluation, and the Navy hopes to add additional aircraft to its existing fleet (currently just two strong).

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05/24/2013 7:26 PM

With that kind of wingspan, they aren't gonna be deployed from any aircraft carriers, that's for sure.

Are these going to replace the old EC-121M, EP-3, and EP-7 landbased "nautical" spy planes?

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