UVision to provide its Hero-120 aerial loitering munitions systems to the US Marine Corps.
Triton focus shifts to sense-and-avoid
Northrop Grumman has received a prototype and risk-reduction contract from the USN to integrate sense-and-avoid (SAA) capabilities with the MQ-4C Triton high-altitude long-endurance UAV.
The value of the deal was undisclosed.
SAA would allow Triton to operate in controlled airspace used by crewed aircraft. It is a focus of the next developmental increment of the MQ-4C system and a ‘critical element of the cooperative development programme requirements defined between the USN and Royal Australian Air Force’, Northrop Grumman announced on 10 May.
ACSS — a long-standing partner with Northrop Grumman on SAA technology — will assist in executing the contract.
Doug Shaffer, VP and Triton programme manager at Northrop Grumman, claimed: ‘Incorporating SAA capability will add tremendous flexibility to the Triton system and how the US Navy, Royal Australian Air Force and potential future customers seamlessly integrate Triton into their concepts of operation.’
Four Remus 300 UUVs will join a fleet of half a dozen Remus 100s used by the RNZN.
Insitu will provide aircraft and services to support the USN and FMS operators of the RQ-21A Blackjack and ScanEagle.
BlueBird Aero Systems, partially owned by IAI, completes delivery of 100 VTOL UAVs to an undisclosed European customer.
Northrop Grumman obtains new Broad Area Maritime Surveillance – Demonstrator contract modification despite USN plans to retire the unmanned aircraft.
Boeing and the US Navy have demonstrated the first successful test of unmanned air-to-air refuelling.