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The Triton is built with a thicker, more stiffened wing compared to the Global Hawk to enable the aircraft to rapidly change altitude in adverse or icy weather conditions. The drone uses a heated "engine inlet" to prevent ice build-up, Northrop Grumman information states.
The Triton is also an autonomous air vehicle able to chart a course without needing to be remotely piloted, Northrop Grumman developers said. Computer algorithms and on-board systems enable the aircraft to account for wind, temperature and altitude conditions.
The Navy has also announced that next generation aircraft avoidance systems are being installed on the Triton. Northrop Grumman received a contract to install the Automatic Response Module of the Airborne Collision Avoidance System X into the MQ-4C Triton’s avionics system.
In addition to being stationed in Guam, Tritons have also been planned for the eastern and western U.S., a location in the Middle East and in Sicily, Italy, Navy officials have said.
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