Military Review

The first serial MQ-4C Triton drone in the new IFC-4 configuration entered service with the US Navy

76

The US Navy received the first serial MQ-4C Triton drone in a new configuration. The new version of the drone, designed not only for reconnaissance, but also for target designation, has received the designation IFC-4.


The IFC-4 Triton drone was delivered on February 1, 2022 to Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Maryland. As explained, this version of the UAV received a reinforced airframe, increased load, protection from hail, bird strikes and gusts of wind. For operations in northern latitudes at a lower altitude, the drone was equipped with an anti-icing system and lightning protection.

The IFC-4 Triton is equipped with a 360-degree multifunctional AFAR radar, video camera, electro-optical/infrared sensors, radio intelligence, Automatic Identification System (AIS) and relay equipment. The equipment allows you to exchange intelligence with patrol aircraft, as well as with ships and ground stations. This modification, according to the command of the US Navy, can replace the EP-3 electronic reconnaissance aircraft, since it is capable of providing continuous monitoring of a large area for a long time.

Flight tests of the upgraded version of the MQ-4C took place on July 29, 2021. The drone will reach initial operational readiness in early 2023. The US Navy has previously announced plans to acquire 68 MQ-4C Tritons.

The MQ-4C Triton is a high-altitude long-range unmanned aerial vehicle developed by Northrop Grumman based on the RQ-4 Global Hawk drone and is designed for information collection, surveillance and reconnaissance in the coastal zone. Able to rise to a height of over 17 km, fly at speeds up to 575 km / h and stay in the air for up to 24 hours.
76 comments
Ad

Subscribe to our Telegram channel, regularly additional information about the special operation in Ukraine, a large amount of information, videos, something that does not fall on the site: https://t.me/topwar_official

Information
Dear reader, to leave comments on the publication, you must sign in.
  1. Lycan
    Lycan 4 February 2022 15: 38
    -20
    Well, guys - "Beautiful design - work well"?
    That will work - I have no doubt. But the fact that this is a uniform "Quasimodo" with an "udder" is obvious.
    1. Region39KGD
      Region39KGD 4 February 2022 16: 02
      +14
      In this "udder" there is a satellite communication dish, and why this type of communication is not in Russian BLP samples is a question.
      1. Genry
        Genry 4 February 2022 16: 23
        +3
        Quote: Region39KGD
        In this "udder" there is a satellite communication dish, and why this type of communication is not in Russian BLP samples is a question.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiSBwrSlKag
      2. dauria
        dauria 4 February 2022 17: 47
        +8
        In this "udder" is a satellite dish

        The satellite dish is more expedient on the hump in the face, and point it up. And in the udder under the fairing, the mentioned AFAR with an additional mechanical all-round view.
      3. venik
        venik 4 February 2022 19: 11
        0
        Quote: Region39KGD
        and why there is no such type of connection in the Russian BLP samples.

        ======
        NOT? belay Are you sure? WHAT IS THAT??? what

        Che, do you really think that control "via satellite" is something EXOTIC for us? I can assure you: we still had such technologies BEFORE you were born! hi
      4. hump
        hump 4 February 2022 22: 24
        -5
        Because there are no brains and no industry
        1. venik
          venik 5 February 2022 20: 45
          0
          Quote: Chepa
          Because there are no brains and no industry

          =======
          You know, Yuri, if you have "no brains"(quote) - this does not mean at all that OTHERS do not have them (brains) either (those who at least do SOMETHING!)....
      5. Johnson Smithson
        Johnson Smithson 5 February 2022 01: 03
        +3
        Quote: Region39KGD
        why there is no such type of connection in the Russian BLP samples is a question.

        already have, recently there were pictures from the factory
      6. Tomcat_Tomcat
        Tomcat_Tomcat 5 February 2022 01: 07
        +3
        Quote: Region39KGD
        In this "udder" is a satellite dish

        Satellite antenna in the "hump" in the nose - such an antenna, of course, should look up at the satellite. In the "udder" - AFAR multifunctional radar AN / ZPY-3 (for example, to view the underlying surface)
    2. vkl.47
      vkl.47 4 February 2022 16: 09
      +7
      But the characteristics of this miracle yudo letaka are not bad
      1. Lycan
        Lycan 4 February 2022 20: 53
        +2
        So I think: the main thing is the characteristics and ease of use, and not the notorious aesthetics (which can be "combed" according to the residual).
        1. ycuce234-san
          ycuce234-san 4 February 2022 23: 57
          -2
          Quote: Lycan
          and not the notorious aesthetics (which can be "combed" according to the residual)

          Normanovsky "Design of habitual things". Not everything that looks ugly and archaic in industrial design is bad. And the MQ-4C Triton, apparently, is not easy to maintain and repair.
          1. Tomcat_Tomcat
            Tomcat_Tomcat 5 February 2022 01: 16
            +5
            Quote: ycuce234-san
            MQ-4C Triton, apparently, is not easy to maintain, repair

            why do you think so? The engine is on top, after dismantling the fairings, both it and its systems are accessible. Equipment either in removable cassettes, or access through large hatches and removable fairings.

            1. ycuce234-san
              ycuce234-san 5 February 2022 12: 04
              -3
              Photos from the factory conditions. When heaps of technological hatches and holes are visible, it is clear that minor malfunctions will be fixed on the spot, but here it is necessary to remove the fairing in order to correct the poor electrical contact.
              And it is not clear why to suffer so much - he has almost soaring wings, like a glider, and speed is clearly not the main priority. If you really want to have a solid fairing, then it must initially be implemented in such a way as to be able to roll it back on the technological trolley, leaving the frame itself to stand on the chassis.
              1. Tomcat_Tomcat
                Tomcat_Tomcat 5 February 2022 15: 02
                0
                Quote: ycuce234-san
                Photos from the factory

                and it is here that the places of hatches and removable fairings are perfectly visible. On the finished painted car, it is not so noticeable that it opens and is removed.
                The figure and photo show (did you look at them?) that the target equipment is made in a removable version, the number of hatches is more than sufficient and their size is not microscopic, while removable fairings generally give complete freedom of action. I don’t see any point in making some kind of hatches in the nose cone - why, if repair or replacement of the satellite dish is required, should it be removed entirely anyway?

                It is frankly not clear your confidence that only multi-armed Shivas or octopuses, and in an amount of at least a dozen, can serve this drone.
                However, the taste and color of all the markers are different.
                1. ycuce234-san
                  ycuce234-san 5 February 2022 16: 43
                  -5
                  Yes, not only highly qualified Shivas are needed there, but also consumables and all kinds of equipment at fierce prices. Maybe - and the construction of a special hangar or a special workshop.
                  Saw assessment for the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Kazakhstan (South Korea): 2013-14. selling price of 900 billion won (844,9 million dollars) for 4 pieces, the price presumably includes training + maintenance + (probably) disposal.
                  A flying coffin with hardcore aesthetics is better.
                  1. Tomcat_Tomcat
                    Tomcat_Tomcat 5 February 2022 19: 33
                    0
                    Yes, the machine itself, consumables and maintenance equipment are not cheap. Meanwhile, the cost of a flight hour for the Global Hawk (the "big brother" of the Triton) is estimated at the level of the F-15C fighter.
                    Probably, you and I understand the meaning of the phrase "difficult to maintain" in a carved way.
                    1. ycuce234-san
                      ycuce234-san 5 February 2022 21: 25
                      -1
                      And this despite the fact that he has a lot of standard mechanisms from manned aircraft.
                      Quote from Tomcat_Tomcat
                      Meanwhile, the cost of a flight hour for the Global Hawk (the "big brother" of the Triton) is estimated at the level of the F-15C fighter.

                      Therefore, for now he will be a "white elephant". It is better to spend the equivalent of these $844,9 million more practically now - for example, on obtaining a new generation of torpedoes or developing radar equipment for AWACS aircraft. Then it will be possible to catch up, since in subsonic aerodynamics they certainly won’t discover anything new - this is not once missed electronics.
          2. Lycan
            Lycan 7 February 2022 13: 32
            0
            Sometimes, when it is required to fit the operator and a set of instruments in a small size, but good maintainability is required, then such strange-looking products are obtained. And if someone strongly asks for "good aero quality" - then the dimensions immediately grow ... and for their maneuverability - a more advanced set of stabilization, power plants, auxiliary. systems, a control complex ... In short - each such is multifunctional. The publication is largely the result of a compromise. Well, with Triton, I'm sure the same. If it is launched in regions where no one is likely to shoot it down (especially at altitudes up to 17 km), it is quite possible to "put the operator in the office" and sacrifice advanced flight geometry. All you need is a streamlined "container" with instruments, a reliable engine, the system is remote. management and encryption. channel. And in this situation - let him at least look like a kikimora.
            1. ycuce234-san
              ycuce234-san 7 February 2022 15: 01
              0
              Quote: Lycan
              All you need is a streamlined "container" with instruments, a reliable engine, the system is remote. management and encryption. channel. And in this situation - let him at least look like a kikimora.

              Yes, he is the same device. It was invented for unmanned search over the sea, so it should have a target maximum in terms of fuel and economy. And also it must be refueling. But refueling has not happened since the 90s.
              1. Lycan
                Lycan 8 February 2022 12: 29
                0
                Quote: ycuce234-san
                The target maximum should be in terms of fuel quantity and economy. And also it must be refueling.

                I agree.
                Quote: ycuce234-san
                But refueling has not happened since the 90s.

                If you really need it, you won’t be able to survive at all - they will attach some kind of compacted and self-centering (with stabilizers and auto-grippers) "trunk".
    3. Thrifty
      Thrifty 4 February 2022 16: 45
      -4
      And, how much does it cost? And, is it possible to optionally install weapons?
      1. AlexG83
        AlexG83 4 February 2022 18: 51
        +3
        Quote: Thrifty
        And, how much does it cost? And, is it possible to optionally install weapons?

        The world will pay. He doesn’t need weapons, everything is full of radars there. I understand it so well, of course, but this thing is quite dangerous, and they can rivet them like pies. We have begun to do this, but of course, in smaller dimensions.
      2. Lycan
        Lycan 4 February 2022 21: 01
        +2
        I suppose that in terms of armaments - focusing on other models.
        This one is part of the BAMS (Broad Area Maritime Surveillance) program. (Vika)
        Armament also involves dodging enemy ammunition, and this product can hardly be called maneuverable. Maybe there are some emergency "countermeasures" against unexpected surprises from the enemy, but definitely not for the height of an air battle.
      3. Tomcat_Tomcat
        Tomcat_Tomcat 5 February 2022 01: 49
        +3
        Quote: Thrifty
        And, how much does it cost? And, is it possible to optionally install weapons?

        there are no weapons yet, but there are plans to install them. From air-to-surface missiles to anything defensive. The machine is very expensive, it costs about 150 million US rubles, and it is very unpleasant to lose one. Moreover, there was already a precedent - Iranian air defense in June 2019 landed a Global Hawk missile
      4. Sergey K.
        Sergey K. 7 February 2022 09: 56
        0
        this device has a payload - communications and intelligence - from optics to radar. For strikes, the MQ-9 Reaper is designed, which can carry missiles and / or bombs.
    4. ROSS_51
      ROSS_51 5 February 2022 02: 34
      +1
      Quote: Lycan
      Well, guys - "Beautiful design - work well"?
      That will work - I have no doubt. But the fact that this is a uniform "Quasimodo" with an "udder" is obvious.

      Quasimodo? Beautiful, perfect aerodynamic shape. It is a pity that we are still far from such splendor.
    5. Guron
      Guron 5 February 2022 09: 08
      +4
      This is no longer a "quasimodo", but looks like someone else's. That's what I'm asking you to write..
  2. Gvardeetz77
    Gvardeetz77 4 February 2022 15: 53
    -13
    The Americans have some kind of dynasty of designers with a non-standard perception of the world: first F117 and B2, then Zamwalt, now this ...
    1. Lycan
      Lycan 7 February 2022 13: 34
      0
      They have "designs", we have "names".
  3. Bez 310
    Bez 310 4 February 2022 16: 01
    +21
    We don't have those...
    And it is very necessary!
    1. dauria
      dauria 4 February 2022 18: 11
      -2
      We don't have those...
      And it is very necessary!

      Mikhail, who will write stories in 30 years? belay There are no brave guys there, but a bespectacled nerd is sitting in a bunker. There are only Kalman-Bucy filters in my head. Coffee, air conditioning. Maybe the girls at school didn’t even look at him. Yes, and the machine itself will do everything - and take off, and fly by, and return, and sit down. Where is the romance?
  4. aleksr2005
    aleksr2005 4 February 2022 16: 03
    +10
    Americans know how to do not only effective things, but also beautiful in design.
    1. AlexG83
      AlexG83 4 February 2022 19: 00
      -6
      Quote: aleksr2005
      Americans know how to do not only effective things, but also beautiful in design.

      Well, yes, they ate themselves after the collapse of the CCCP. In my opinion, we can do no worse than that.
      1. fa2998
        fa2998 4 February 2022 19: 14
        +5
        Quote: AlexG83
        In my opinion, we can do no worse than that.

        Quote: AlexG83
        In my opinion, we can do no worse than that.

        Name the brand of our analogue "Triton" Not even close! We know how to draw, make computer graphics, and models. hi
        1. AlexG83
          AlexG83 4 February 2022 21: 24
          -8
          Quote: fa2998
          Quote: AlexG83
          In my opinion, we can do no worse than that.

          Quote: AlexG83
          In my opinion, we can do no worse than that.

          Name the brand of our analogue "Triton" Not even close! We know how to draw, make computer graphics, and models. hi

          Ka-50 for example (not an UAV, of course, but as an example).
      2. DominickS
        DominickS 5 February 2022 10: 16
        +1
        "No worse" we still only know how to make layouts.
  5. Flooding
    Flooding 4 February 2022 16: 06
    -5
    “Flames come out of his mouth, fiery sparks jump out;
    smoke comes out of his nostrils, as from a boiling pot or cauldron.
    His breath kindles coals, and a flame comes out of his mouth.
  6. Vintorez
    Vintorez 4 February 2022 16: 12
    0
    Good device, we need these.
    1. evgen1221
      evgen1221 4 February 2022 16: 38
      +8
      But we have the largest yachts in the world! though not only for everyone, but we are ordered to be proud of the sun-faced.
      1. Vintorez
        Vintorez 4 February 2022 16: 40
        -2
        We will reforge yachts into aircraft carriers, or at least into helicopter carriers.
        1. Sergei Zabelin
          Sergei Zabelin 4 February 2022 17: 36
          +3
          First you need to shackle the owners of these yachts
    2. Oleg-Monino
      Oleg-Monino 4 February 2022 16: 38
      -9
      First of all, we need electronic warfare systems, which these devices will land on our airfields
      1. Vintorez
        Vintorez 4 February 2022 16: 42
        +5
        We do not have such electronic warfare systems, there is a good protection system.
        1. Oleg-Monino
          Oleg-Monino 4 February 2022 17: 12
          -16
          Our developments were largely aimed at countering NATO attack systems (for example, the northern radar belt). This drone can fly according to the program, but still receive data from navigation satellites. But if Kosukha does not help, then the S-400 is always ready.
          1. Vintorez
            Vintorez 4 February 2022 17: 21
            +6
            The S-400 has not yet shown itself anywhere and has not shot down a single aircraft, how it will show itself is not known.
          2. poquello
            poquello 4 February 2022 18: 55
            +1
            Quote: Oleg-Monino
            But if Kosukha does not help, then the S-400 is always ready.

            this is just the case when a shot is clearly cheaper than a downed apparatus
      2. highlight
        highlight 4 February 2022 18: 41
        +7
        long-range high-altitude marine reconnaissance, "sees" at 400-600 km. what kind of rab will get him there at such a distance. This is not a Turkish drone.
        A good thing, it can replace a low orbit satellite and is much more flexible than a satellite when redirecting to another square.
        And we no longer have naval reconnaissance aviation, there are a handful of antique Su-24s left.
        1. Johnson Smithson
          Johnson Smithson 5 February 2022 01: 08
          -6
          Quote: clou
          long-range high-altitude naval reconnaissance, "sees" at 400-600 km

          even the F22 doesn’t see that far, but the UAV can, of course, yes))
  7. Victorio
    Victorio 4 February 2022 16: 20
    -2
    on plans to acquire 68 MQ-4C Triton
    ===
    yes, it won’t be enough, then they’ll print more green ones
    1. Momento
      Momento 4 February 2022 16: 34
      -1
      rubles are printed in the same way as dollars. The Central Bank throws out rubles only for the currency bourgeoisie and buys up half a billion dollars a day.
  8. rocket757
    rocket757 4 February 2022 16: 35
    +2
    The first serial MQ-4C Triton drone in the new IFC-4 configuration entered service with the US Navy
    . So everything is correct ... they create and complete a new info structure that will ensure the network interaction of many elements, including combat ones, into one whole.
    This can become very effective and a big problem for their opponent.
    It is reasonable to go in the same direction and undoubtedly have the means to counter the enemy.
    It will not work otherwise.
  9. tralflot1832
    tralflot1832 4 February 2022 16: 35
    -8
    Pearl Harbor taught them a lot, they don't want a surprise!
  10. Opiuk
    Opiuk 4 February 2022 16: 37
    +7
    His range and reconnaissance capabilities are, of course, superb.
    1. shahor
      shahor 4 February 2022 18: 01
      +9
      Quote: Opiuk
      His range and reconnaissance capabilities are, of course, superb.

      Forgot about target designation, the most important function. In our country, for example, target designation for the Dagger is issued by the IL-38 Novella. To generate data for the control center for the AUG, the aircraft must hover for 15-20 minutes at a distance of 300-350 km from this AUG. How long do you think it will hang there during the special period? And what to do with the dagger?
      1. poquello
        poquello 4 February 2022 21: 01
        -9
        Quote: shahor
        In our country, for example, target designation for the Dagger is issued by the IL-38 Novella. To generate data for the control center for the AUG, the aircraft must hover for 15-20 minutes at a distance of 300-350 km from this AUG.

        Why not two days?
        1. shahor
          shahor 4 February 2022 21: 03
          +2
          Quote: poquello
          Why not two days?

          Strain your thinking apparatus - suddenly realize!
          1. poquello
            poquello 4 February 2022 21: 04
            -7
            Quote: shahor
            Quote: poquello
            Why not two days?

            Strain your thinking apparatus - suddenly realize!

            yes, just strained, unlike you
            1. shahor
              shahor 4 February 2022 21: 11
              +5
              Quote: poquello
              yes, just strained, unlike you

              They strained badly. Need to fix. Read the article by A. Timokhin Marine target designation previously published on this resource. There is even a cycle of 3 articles. Look in the archive. You will learn a lot of new things for yourself on this topic and about pink ponies.
              1. poquello
                poquello 4 February 2022 21: 25
                -7
                Quote: shahor
                You will learn a lot of new things for yourself on this topic and about pink ponies.

                or about Timokhin? and here Kaptsov wrote a lot, there’s not even enough for a cycle for a book
                1. shahor
                  shahor 4 February 2022 21: 30
                  +1
                  Quote: poquello
                  or about Timokhin? and here Kaptsov wrote a lot, there’s not even enough for a cycle for a book

                  Dont worry. I understand. Reading for a person "What?" - a task ... unpleasant. I dare not delay.
                  1. poquello
                    poquello 4 February 2022 21: 31
                    -4
                    Quote: shahor
                    Quote: poquello
                    or about Timokhin? and here Kaptsov wrote a lot, there’s not even enough for a cycle for a book

                    Dont worry. I understand. Reading for a person "What?" - a task ... unpleasant. I dare not delay.

                    of course, well, do not pull this cycle here line by line
  11. ximkim
    ximkim 4 February 2022 17: 00
    +1
    In Russia, a UAV of this class will not appear soon, since the Russian military does not have such a front of work.
  12. Dikson
    Dikson 4 February 2022 17: 42
    +6
    Cool pepelats .. we are 15 years old to poke around in Chinese spare parts .. Or drag our electronics, clenching our teeth, into a brighter future ..
    1. Fungus
      Fungus 4 February 2022 18: 00
      -10
      Altius we have. The parameters are similar. So you don't have to wait 15 years.
      1. highlight
        highlight 4 February 2022 18: 43
        +5
        different class of car. where the triton works, the altius will not even fly in height or range.
      2. hump
        hump 4 February 2022 22: 20
        +1
        Probably dreamed. We don't even have our own engine.
      3. Dikson
        Dikson 5 February 2022 06: 50
        -1
        By what parameters??? - two wings, fuselage and tail? )))
  13. 6erJIblu
    6erJIblu 4 February 2022 18: 17
    +3
    Hmm... Fuck he's healthy! Toto I was surprised at its range, I just could not imagine its size.!
    1. Tomcat_Tomcat
      Tomcat_Tomcat 5 February 2022 01: 30
      0
      Quote: 6erJIblu
      Hmm... Fuck he's healthy! Toto I was surprised at its range, I just could not imagine its size.!

      yes, healthy shit. It was made on the basis of the Global Hawk strategic intelligence officer. Length 14 meters, wingspan 40 meters.
  14. Sands Careers General
    Sands Careers General 4 February 2022 19: 10
    -2
    Looks like a plus size model laughing
    Well, let's see where this hippopotamus will fly))
  15. fa2998
    fa2998 4 February 2022 20: 18
    +2
    Quote: shahor
    Quote: Opiuk
    His range and reconnaissance capabilities are, of course, superb.

    Forgot about target designation, the most important function. In our country, for example, target designation for the Dagger is issued by the IL-38 Novella. To generate data for the control center for the AUG, the aircraft must hover for 15-20 minutes at a distance of 300-350 km from this AUG. How long do you think it will hang there during the special period? And what to do with the dagger?

    And what will the same 15-20 minutes do. dozens of AUG fighters? An Il-38 veteran is a tempting target. Yes, and the ships of the warrant have long-range air defense missiles. Will they sit straight and wait for the "Dagger"? I doubt it! hi
  16. hump
    hump 4 February 2022 22: 18
    +3
    It’s a pity that our drone level has only reached the level of baywright. We are completely behind
    1. Dkuznecov
      Dkuznecov 5 February 2022 22: 58
      -1
      We are not far behind.
      This is a processing method.
      Good in competition.
      At the moment, we have not been able to.
      This is the result method.
  17. The comment was deleted.
  18. riwas
    riwas 5 February 2022 08: 53
    +1
    On June 20, 2019, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps of the Islamic Republic of Iran shot down an RQ-4A UAV over the Strait of Hormuz, near the southern Iranian province of Hormozgan.

    I wonder what means of self-defense are on this modification and how effective they are.
    For the transmission of intelligence information, the Triton has advanced communications equipment, a vessel positioning device and radar signal detection detectors. Also, these drones, most likely for the purpose of self-defense, will be equipped with modern means of electronic countermeasures.

    https://topwar.ru/59756-strategicheskiy-razvedyvatelnyy-bespilotnik-rq-4s-triton.html
  19. Zoomlion
    Zoomlion 5 February 2022 18: 43
    0
    Serious fool