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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Key AESA radar flight tests begin on MQ-4C Triton

MQ-4C TritonThe US Navy has launched flight testing on the Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton of one of the first active electronically scanned array (AESA) radars with 360-degree coverage that was developed exclusively for the maritime patrol mission.

The Northrop multifunction active sensor (MFAS) completed first flight on board the MQ-4C on 18 April following an extended risk reduction phase on a Gulfstream GII testbed.

“We’re very confident the radar is going to work,” Sean Burke, the navy’s MQ-4C programme manager, told reporters about five days before the test flight.

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