Friday, October 17, 2014
The second MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft, a maritime version of the Northrop Grumman Global Hawk, has now been flown by the Navy. This aircraft enters testing 17 months after first flight of the original prototype, and a month after the first aircraft completed a cross-country flight from Southern California to Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. This second aircraft will now be prepared to complete the same cross-country flight later this month. Data gathered from these test aircraft will be used by the Navy to decide on whether to launch production in fiscal 2017. (Source: Flightglobal, 10/16/14) Previous. Gulf Coast note: Central fuselage work on the Triton and all other variants of the Global Hawk is done in Moss Point, Miss.