MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System (MQ-4C Triton)   [open pdf - 384KB]

"The MQ-4C Triton is an Acquisition Category ID program that entered System Development and Demonstration (SDD) based on a Milestone (MS) B [Acquisition] [Decision] Memorandum (ADM) issued on April 18, 2008. The program conducted a successful System Requirements Review in January 2009, System Functional Review in June 2009, Integrated Baseline Review in July 2009, Preliminary Design Review in February 2010, Critical Design Review in February 2011, and Flight Readiness Review in March 2013. First flight of the MQ-4C Triton was successfully conducted in May 2013. In August 2013, Australia signed a FMS Planning Case with the program office. This FMS case will assist Australia in validating that the MQ-4C Triton will meet their specific requirements. The program received approval from the Milestone Decision Authority to award the Cost Plus Award Fee (CPAF) option to the SDD contract for the System Demonstration Test Article (SDTA) lot of aircraft and associated ground stations. The November 1, 2011 ADM directed the Navy to rename this lot of aircraft from LRIP Lot 1 to SDTAs in keeping with their intended purpose, to finish system developmental test and to support Operational Evaluation (OPEVAL). During this reporting period, the MQ-4C Triton program entered formal flight test and continues to conduct system integration testing in preparation for an Operational Assessment in 2015. Fifteen surrogate risk reduction flights were completed this year on a Gulfstream testbed for the Multi-Function Active Sensor (MFAS) radar. Production of the SDTA aircraft continued in 2013."

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