Sunday, April 8, 2018

Germany: Purchases four MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft Systems

(Berlin) The German Armed Forces is acquiring 4 Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) for the signal Intelligence (SIGINT) role. They will be a modified version of the US Navy Triton and be used to replace the German Navy's five Breguet  Atlantique ELINT aircraft which were retired in 2010.

The Triton Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) is a high altitude long endurance (HALE) aircraft designed for maritime patrol and other surveillance roles based on the RQ-4 Global Hawk ISR UAV flown by US Air Force. Supporting missions up to 24 hours, the Triton is equipped with a sensor suite that provides a 360-degree view of its surroundings for over 2000 nautical miles. It is powered by a single Rolls-Royce AE 3007 turbofan engine.

The Australian Government confirmed in its 2016 Defence White Paper that the Royal Australian Air Force was to acquire seven MQ-4C Triton aircraft