The Triton making its first flight (Photo: US Navy)
The Triton, shown here, is intended to work with the P-8A Poseidon multi-mission maritime aircraft (Photo: US Navy)
The Triton flew for 80 minutes (Photo: US Navy)
It’s been a busy month for UAVs with some launching from aircraft carriers and others saving lives. Now, the US Navy’s latest unmanned Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft, the MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System, has taken to the skies. This Wednesday, the 47.6-foot (14.5-m) aircraft, powered by a Rolls-Royce AE 3007 turbofan engine, took off from Palmdale, California. It was under the control of Navy and Northrop Grumman personnel, as part of a series of tests to certify the system for fleet operations.
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