The Navy’s first pair of MQ-4C Triton drones have been received in Guam for their inaugural deployment in the Pacific region. The drones will conduct intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions that will compliment other airborne assets, bringing increased persistence, capability, and capacity.
“The inaugural deployment of Triton UAS brings enhanced capabilities and a broad increase in Maritime Domain Awareness to our forward Fleet commanders,” said Rear Adm. Peter Garvin, commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Group, according to a statement. “VUP-19, the Navy’s first dedicated UAS squadron supported by an outstanding NAVAIR and industry team, is superbly trained and ready to provide the persistent ISR coverage the Navy needs.”
Two US #Navy MQ-4C #Triton #UAS unmanned aerial systems arrived in #Guam around 12 Jan to begin the first Pacific Triton deployment. #VUP19 Unmanned Patrol Squadron 19 will operate the aircraft, intended to supplement P-8A Poseidons in maritime patrol https://t.co/czqqo4Jc68 pic.twitter.com/AiQDXnrUin— Chris Cavas (@CavasShips) January 27, 2020
According to a 2019 Northrop Grumman video on the Triton UAS, "The system is specially designed to fly surveillance missions up to 24 hours at altitudes of more than 10 miles, allowing coverage out to 2,000 nautical miles. Triton's advanced suite of sensors can detect and automatically classify different types of ships."