The Triton could be a game changer.
The Triton is intended to bring a substantial tactical advantage to the Pacific, in particular, given the often discussed “tyranny of distance” phenomenon known to cause challenges in the region. The vast expanse of territory and oceans throughout the Pacific naturally makes reconnaissance missions much more difficult. The Triton’s range and reach, therefore, is designed to connect various nodes across dispersed areas, including land weapons, aircraft carriers, amphibious assault ship and other naval combat assets.
Navy Aircraft Carrier Strike Groups in the Pacific will soon receive improved targeting data, video feeds and sensor information from new high-tech ocean warfare drones specially engineered to track enemy ships, small boats, aircraft and land weapons.
The Navy’s emerging MQ-4C Triton, which will introduce new tactical and strategic dimensions to maritime combat, is on track for early operational capability in Guam by the end of this year, service officials said.
Surface warships, reconnaissance aircraft, ground sensor nodes and even fighter attack aircraft will be better positioned to receive targeting data on enemy movements both faster and across farther distances than currently possible.
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“The early operational capability will include two baseline aircraft (Triton) that will be equipped with maritime radar, electro-optical/infrared sensors, Automatic Identification System and Electronic Support Measures,” Jamie Cosgrove, spokeswoman for Naval Air Systems Command, told Warrior Maven.