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Navy's New High Altitude Drones Ready for Pacific - Breaking Defense

Navy's New High Altitude Drones Ready for Pacific - Breaking Defense

The U.S. Navy is preparing to deploy a new generation of high-altitude drones to the Pacific this summer, sending two MQ-4C Tritons to Guam. The coming deployment comes at a time of heightened military tensions with China, which is also busily shipping surveillance and electronic warfare equipment to several of its controversial outposts in the South China Sea. The deployment of the 131-foot-wingspan drone will give the Navy new new set of eyes in the vast reaches of the western Pacific, intensifying the building race between Washington and Beijing to push more ships, aircraft, and radar systems into the region. Late last month, a 40-ship Chinese flotilla, including its only native-built aircraft carrier, sailed into the South China Sea . The Northrop Grumman-made aircraft, a variant of the Air Force’s Global Hawk, will deploy initially with electro-optical sensors capable...

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