Triton approaches shore

MQ-4C Triton


The MQ-4C Triton is an autonomously operated system that provides a persistent maritime ISR capability using multiple maritime sensors. The MQ-4C Triton air vehicle is based upon the United States Air Force (USAF) RQ-4B Global Hawk, while its sensors are based upon components of (or entire systems) already fielded in the DoD inventory.   Along with the P-8A manned aircraft, the MQ-4C Triton is integral to the Navy’s Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force (MPRF) Family of Systems (FoS). The MPRF is the operational agent for the MQ-4C Triton and Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Group (CPRG) is the fleet sponsor for the manned/unmanned integration concept. 


  • Primary Function: Persistent Maritime ISR
  • Contractor: Northrop Grumman
  • Propulsion: Rolls-Royce AE3007H
  • Length: 47.6 feet (14.5 meters)
  • Wingspan:  130.9 feet (39.9 meters)
  • Height: 15.4 feet (4.7 meters)
  • Weight: Max design gross take-off: 32,250 pounds (14,628.4 kilograms)
  • Crew: 5 per ground station (Air Vehicle Operator, Tactical Coordinator, 2 Mission Payload Operators, SIGINT coordinator)