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Triton UAV base to be built in UAE

03 July 2017

Two Tritons are seen at a Northrop Grumman test facility in Palmdale, California. (US Navy)Two Tritons are seen at a Northrop Grumman test facility in Palmdale, California. (US Navy)

The US Navy (USN) is to acquire a facility in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for its Triton unmanned maritime surveillance aircraft, under a USD18-million contract awarded to Assist Consultants Inc on 30 June.

The project involves designing and building environmentally controlled hangar space sufficient for four Triton aircraft and a mission control system, with an associated communications tower and emergency generator at Al-Dhafra Air Base in Abu Dhabi, according to information released on the US Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website.

Drawings released by the FBO show the facility will be constructed on and around the apron that is currently used by the US Air Force to refuel aircraft that operate from Al-Dhafra.

The original solicitation anticipated the work to take 660 calendar days subsequent to the contractor receiving a notice to proceed.

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