NAS PATUXENT RIVER, Maryland — The U.S. Navy’s MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft program could be cut – not due to draconian budget changes but because of the aircraft’s own higher-than-expected reliability. Capt. Jim Hoke, who manages the high-flying maritime surveillance aircraft project here, says the program of record is currently for 68 of the Northrop Grumman aircraft (plus two for testing).  The operational requirement is for five “orbits” of 4 ...

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