Northrop Grumman press release
PALMDALE, Calif. – Feb. 2, 2022 – (PHOTO RELEASE) A Northrop Grumman CorporationMQ-4C Triton takes to the skies over the California desert as the Triton low-rate initial production schedule progresses. Known as B8, this is the first production Triton to be upgraded to the multi-intelligence configuration to meet the Navy’s critical maritime intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and targeting needs. B8 was delivered to Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, on Feb. 1.
Naval News comments:
Naval Station Mayport (in Jacksonville, FL) received its first MQ-4C Triton in December 2021. The MQ-4 Triton’s arrival at Naval Station Mayport will support unit level training and preparation for the next variant of MQ-4C.
The U.S. Navy conducted its first test flight of the MQ-4C Triton in its upgraded hardware and software configuration, known as Integrated Functional Capability (IFC)-4, July 29 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland. IFC-4 brings an enhanced multi-mission sensor capability as part of the Navy’s Maritime Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Targeting (MISR&T) transition plan.
The MQ-4C Triton conducts intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions that pair with the P-8A Poseidon and it brings increased persistence, capability, and capacity through its multi-sensor mission payload.