New drone to be deployed to Guam


Written by  Gaynor Dumat-ol Daleno  Pacific Daily News

A new drone that can stay in the air for 24 hours will be deployed to Andersen Air Force Base in 2017.

The Guam deployment of the MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft was confirmed by Adm. Jonathan Greenert, chief of naval operations, in a March 4 statement to the Senate Committee on Approprations’ Subcomittee on Defense.

Greenert talked to the subcommittee about the Navy’s posture for fiscal 2016.

Andersen Air Force Base hosts older model Global Hawk drones.

The Triton will support a wide range of intelligence-gathering and reconnaissance missions, maritime patrol and search and rescue, its manufacturer Northrop Gumman states.

The first U.S. Navy MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system completed a flight from California to Maryland in September last year.

The Navy’s program of record called for orders of 68 Triton drones, according to Northrop Grumman.