130522-N-ZZ999-001PALMDALE, Calif. (May 22, 2013) The Northrop Grumman-built Triton unmanned aircraft system completed its first flight from the company's manufacturing facility in Palmdale, Calif. The one an a half hour flight successfully demonstrated control systems that allow Triton to operate autonomously. Triton is specially designed to fly surveillance missions up to 24 hours at altitudes of more than 10 miles, allowing coverage out to 2,000 nautical miles. The system's advanced suite of sensors can detect and automatically classify different types of ships. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Northrop Grumman by Bob Brown/Released) (Bob Brown/U.S. Navy)
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An MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System previously known as the Broad Area Maritime System (BAMS) took to the air for the first time last Wednesday, completing an 80-minute flight around southern California.