MQ-4C flies with upgraded software suite
The US Navy's MQ-4C Triton UAS has flown with an upgraded software suite following the completion of formal lab testing, Northrop Grumman announced on 4 April.
The improved software suite enhances the UAS' operational capabilities, including Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System, multi-aircraft control and additional Multi-Function Active Sensor radar modes.
The upgrade will also support Early Operational Capability deployment in early 2018.
The MQ-4C Triton will provide the navy with persistent maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities using a multi-sensor mission payload. It will perform a range of roles including vessel detection, tracking and classification over vast ocean and coastal regions.
The aircraft can fly up to 24 hours at altitudes of up to 56,500ft with an operational range of 8,200 nautical miles and can monitor one million square miles of ocean in a single flight.
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