May 4, 2021
Drone Reliant: The Pentagon’s Pacific Plans Require Lots of Drones
There is an insatiable demand for more intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance in the Indo-Pacific region.
by Kris Osborn
Here's What You Need to Know: Engineered with technologies specific to a maritime operational environment, the Triton operates with de-icing systems enabled by a heated engine inlet, an ability to change altitude and operate beneath the weather and cover an operational range of 8,200 nautical miles. The drone can hit altitudes up to 60,000 feet.
The Navy only operates two Triton drones in the Pacific, yet there is an insatiable demand for more intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR). And with oceanic regions spanning millions of miles of ocean, this introduces questions about the scale of drone operations in the Pacific and the pace at which the Navy and Air Force are accelerating plans to add more unmanned systems to the force.https://nationalinterest.org/blog/reboot/drone-reliant-pentagon%E2%80%99s-pacific-plans-require-lots-drones-184275