Unmanned aircraft ‘Triton’ completes first flight in California

WTKR.com

Check out the Navy’s newest high-tech toy.

It’s the Triton, an unmanned Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft platform, which completed its first flight from Palmdale, California on Wednesday.

During the 80-minute flight it soared 20,000 feet in the air.

As an adjunct to the manned P-8A Poseidon, the MQ-4C Triton will be a major part of the military’s surveillance strategy for the Asia and Pacific regions.

The Triton will fly missions for 24 hours at altitudes greater than 10 miles, allowing the system to monitor 2,000 nautical miles of ocean and littoral areas at a time.

“This flight represents a significant milestone for the Triton team,” said Rear Adm. Mat Winter, who leads the Program Executive Office for Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons at Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md. “The work they have done and will continue to do is critical to the future of naval aviation…

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