Monday, September 23, 2013
Northrop Grumman completed more than 25 flight tests of the U.S. Navy Triton unmanned aircraft system's primary maritime surveillance sensor in preparation for its installation on the aircraft. The company is conducting risk-reduction tests of the Multi-Function Active Sensor using a Gulfstream II surrogate aircraft off the California coast. The radar will provide the Triton with a 360-degree view of ocean and coastal regions. The Navy's program calls for 68 aircraft to be built. (Source: Space Daily, 09/22/13) Gulf Coast note: Tritons are variants of the Global Hawk and are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.