16 April 2018
Aerospace America reported that the US Navy plans to deploy its first two Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton UAVs by the end of 2018 “without sense-and avoid radars that would give the planes limited autonomy to avoid other aircraft, says a rear admiral who hopes that upgrade will be ready by 2021.” US Navy Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons Program Executive Officer Rear Adm. Mark Darrah explained during a panel discussion last Wednesday at the Sea, Air and Space Exposition in Maryland that the Tritons’ sense-and-avoid radar “wasn’t optimized for how it was going to operate,” meaning that the aircraft will be sent to their first station at Guam “with the basics we require” to navigate international airspace safely in compliance with ADS-B requirements. Darrah added that the service has “to do some work on application of the algorithms and the processing based on the class of system we are going to provide sense and avoid for.” (Image Credit: Aerospace America)
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