NAVAIR signs $255 million contract for additional MQ-4C UAVs

PATUXENT RIVER NAVAL AIR STATION, Md. Officials at the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) announced a $255.3 million contract agreement with Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems (San Diego) for three additional MQ-4C Triton unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

The -- built for the U.S. Navy based on the Global Hawk -- enables users to perform real-time intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) over immense ocean and coastal regions. The Triton carries a suite of mission that provide 360-degree coverage. The unmanned aircraft can fly over 24 hours at a time, can reach altitudes higher than 10 miles, and has an operational range of 8,200 nautical miles.

officials say that the majority of the work will be performed in San Diego, California; Baltimore, Maryland; Red Oak, Texas; and Palmdale, California.

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