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Remotely Piloted Unmanned Aircraft Systems MQ-4C Triton

Project Number:
AIR 7000 Phase 1B

Royal Australian Air Force


Project description

The MQ-4C Triton is a remotely piloted High Altitude Long Endurance aerial system which will complement the P- 8A Poseidon maritime aircraft acquired under AIR 7000 Phase 2 as a ‘family of systems’.

The Triton will be home based at RAAF Base Edinburgh, although many missions will be launched and recovered from RAAF Base Tindal. The Triton will be capable of supporting missions of over 24 hours while covering an area of over one million square nautical miles; an area larger than Western Australia.

Initial Operating Capability for the MQ-4C Triton is expected in 2023-24.

Defence is negotiating a Memorandum of Understanding with the United States Navy to establish a Cooperative Program. The scope of this partnership includes development, production, and sustainment of the Triton capability. Defence expects to enter into this formal agreement pending government approval in early 2018.

Opportunities for Australian Industry participation will exist on a competitive contracting basis throughout the lifecycle of MQ-4C Triton, including facilities construction, deeper maintenance, training system operation and support, mission planning system support, logistics support and component repair.

Note: that an acquisition decision is yet to be made on the Triton.

If approved the Triton will be acquired through a United States Navy contract to Northrop Grumman Corporation. 

Content is current as at August 2017.

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