Triton MQ-4C completes first test flight with IFC-4 configuration

By Audrey Decker / July 30, 2021 at 10:02 AM

The Navy conducted the MQ-4C Triton's first test flight with a multi-intelligence upgrade on July 29 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD.

The unmanned aircraft, used for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, flew with its upgraded hardware and software configuration, IFC-4, which will enhance sensor capability, Naval Air Systems Command announced.

In support of initial operational capability in 2023, "multiple Triton assets have been modified into the IFC-4 configuration," NAVAIR said.

The program's schedule includes a production pause of the MQ-4C in fiscal years 2021-2022 to focus on the development of signals intelligence capabilities, the Triton deputy program manager told Inside Defense last month.