Triton UAS will go to Australia's defense department

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. Northrop Grumman has sold a Triton unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to Australia's defense department.

The -- which is a with an autonomous capability built for maritime intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance -- is the first Northrop Grumman-built aircraft system Australia has purchased, according to company officials.

Triton can fly at altitudes of 55,000 feet for 24 hours at a time; its provide high-resolution imagery and near-real-time video. Pilots and sensor operators on the ground fly the Triton from remote stations, which can command flights all over the world. The system will be operated by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

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