C4iSR: Maritime

DSEI 2013: USN, Northrop Grumman mulling new SIGINT payload for MQ-4C Triton

09 September 2013

Key Points

  • Northrop Grumman is in discussions with the USN to put a new SIGINT payload on the MQ-4C Triton
  • A SIGINT-capable MQ-4C would be part of a family of systems to replace the USN's EP-3 Orion COMINT and ELINT aircraft

Northrop Grumman is in discussions with the US Navy (USN) to put a new signals intelligence (SIGINT) payload on the MQ-4C Triton maritime surveillance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

The purpose of the new system would be to expand the Triton's SIGINT capability beyond its current electronic support measures (ESM) payload, the AN/ZLQ-1 ESM, in the near future, according to Walt Kreitler, Northrop Grumman's director of business development for high-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aircraft systems.

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