The Northrop Grumman Mq 4c Triton Unmanned Aircraft System

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The Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system (UAS) is a maritime variant of the Air Force’s high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) RQ-4B Global Hawk (Government Accountability Office [GAO], 2015). The Triton, previously known as the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) UAS, is a component of the Maritime Patrol Reconnaissance Force (MPRF) family of systems (Naval Air Systems Command [NAVAIR], 2014). It “…is intended to provide persistent maritime intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capability” (GAO, 2015, p. 115) in order to increase the intelligence capability and situational awareness of tactical, operational and strategic units (NAVAIR, 2014). Triton mission capabilities include, but are not limited to: • Maritime and port surveillance, • Battle damage assessment, • Support of maritime and littoral operations, and • Communication relay (NAVAIR, 2014). MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Operations Infrastructure Once fully operational, two operational squadrons will operate and maintain the MQ-4C UAS, which consists of the MQ-4C unmanned aircraft (UA), Mission Control Systems (MCS) and service support systems (SS), from two Main Operating Bases (MOB) (NAVAIR, 2014). The MOB will, in turn, support a total of five Forward Operating Bases (FOB) (NAVAIR, 2014). The MOB MCS, designated MD-3A, will be permanently located within the Continental United States (CONUS) at MPRF fleet concentration centers on the East and West coasts

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