Meet the MQ-4C Triton – A New Navy Drone with the Wingspan of a Boeing 757

Spying on humanity’s every electronic move is clearly not good enough for the U.S. government. It is also necessary to be able to surveil the species’ every move from 50,000 feet in the sky. You know, because of the terrorists and all.

The past couple of years have seen many frightening new advances from the U.S. military. From “Atlas” the 6 Foot Tall Humanoid Robot, to “ARGUS” The World’s Highest Resolution Video Surveillance Platform, to domestic drone use, the Department of Defense is hard at work making sure that you can never engage in a private act again without the fear of a hellfire missile landing on your head.

Now here’s the latest…a Northrop Grumman drone with the wingspan of a 757.

From Wired:

A new drone with the mammoth wingspan of a Boeing 757 is set to give the U.S. Navy some serious surveillance power.

Northrop Grumman and the Navy say they’ve just completed the ninth flight trial of the Triton unmanned aircraft system (UAS), an improvement upon its predecessor in the Air Force, the Global Hawk.

With its 130-foot wingspan, Triton will provide high-altitude, real-time intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) from a sensor suite that supplies a 360-degree view at a radius of over 2,000 nautical miles, allowing monitoring from higher and farther away than any of its competitors.

Thus far, Triton has completed flights up to 9.4 hours at altitudes of 50,000 feet at the company’s manufacturing facility in Palmdale, California. According to Northrop Grumman, Triton could support missions up to 24 hours.

Now here’s this sucker in the wild.

Sleep tight serfs.

Full article here.

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Meet the MQ-4C Triton – A New Navy Drone with the Wingspan of a Boeing 757 originally appeared on A Lightning War for Liberty on January 8, 2014.

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