First SIGINT Version Of MQ-4C Delivered To U.S. Navy

Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Tritons deployed to Guam in January, but one day they were not allowed to fly and the U.S. Navy smelled a rat. Literally. The MQ-4C cannot operate unless a global data network is ready to feed the collected sensor data to the intelligence community in real time. In this case, that network included encrypted signals on a local Verizon trunk line, which became a problem. Credit: U.S. Navy
Northrop Grumman has delivered the first production version of the MQ-4C Triton to the U.S. Navy that comes equipped with low- and high-band signals intelligence payloads. The delivery is a key milestone in the Navy’s plan to replace the Lockheed EP-3E Aries II with a family of systems, including...
Steve Trimble

Steve covers military aviation, missiles and space for the Aviation Week Network, based in Washington DC.

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