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MQ-4C Triton Uncrewed Aircraft System

MQ-4C Triton Uncrewed Aircraft System

The MQ-4C Triton high-altitude, long-endurance (HALE) remotely piloted aircraft system is a high-altitude aircraft that will be used for maritime patrol and other surveillance roles.

Australia's Triton fleet will be based at RAAF Base Tindal, Northern Territory, and operated by the newly reformed No. 9 Squadron at RAAF Base Edinburgh, South Australia, by qualified Air Force pilots from a ground station, supported by a co-pilot.

The Triton is capable of monitoring 40,000 square kilometres a day and seamlessly flying a round trip for sustained surveillance and in support of allied freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea from the Northern Territory – increasing Australia’s interoperability with key allies, particularly the US.

The Triton is designed to operate in conjunction with Australia’s planned fleet of 12 manned P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol and anti-submarine aircraft.

Based on the proven Global Hawk UAS, Triton’s autonomous operations are supported by land-based command and control mission planners and sensor operators.

Triton will be equipped with a unique and robust mission sensor suite that provides 360-degree coverage on all sensors, providing unprecedented maritime domain awareness for the US Navy.


KBR to provide Aussie Triton mission support
KBR has welcomed two separate contracts to provide mission support services for the Royal Australian Air Force’s first MQ-4C Triton Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems.
January 16 2024
First Aussie Triton takes flight
The Royal Australian Air Force’s first MQ-4C Triton completed its first flight on Thursday, 9 November, at the company’s Palmdale Aircraft Integration Center in...
November 14 2023
Australia to acquire fourth MQ-4C Triton and Poseidon upgrades
The Australian government has announced plans to purchase an additional MQ-4C Triton remotely piloted aircraft and upgrades for P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft to...
September 19 2023
US Navy, Northrop Grumman confirm IOC for MQ-4C Triton
The US Navy has declared the Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton uncrewed aircraft has achieved a declaration of initial operating capability (IOC), as the critical project reaches...
September 15 2023
Northrop engaged for retrofit of MQ-4C Triton UAS
Northrop Grumman has been engaged for the retrofit of two MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft systems and operating base by the US Department of Defense.
August 24 2023
Northrop Grumman demonstrates MQ-4C Triton targeting capability
Northrop Grumman has successfully completed a demonstration of the company’s MQ-4C Triton flying test bed (FTB) as part of this year’s Northern Edge 2023 military...
June 16 2023
RAAF reforms historic No. 9 Squadron for MQ-4C Triton arrival
The Royal Australian Air Force has reformed the retired No. 9 Squadron in preparation for the arrival of the MQ-4C Triton remotely piloted aircraft system next year.
June 15 2023