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Northrop Grumman signs deal to grow Australia’s Triton workforce

written by Staff reporter | April 17, 2024

Australia’s first multi-intelligence MQ-4C Triton took to the skies for the first time on Thursday, 9 November, 2023 in Palmdale, California. (Image: Northrop Grumman)

Northrop Grumman Australia and L3Harris have signed a contract to expand the Australian-based support workforce for the Royal Australian Air Force’s fleet of MQ-4C Triton aircraft.

This industry collaboration between Northrop Grumman Australia and L3Harris is the latest milestone in the delivery of the Royal Australian Air Force’s fleet of MQ-4C Triton aircraft, with the partners to support the operation and maintenance of command-and-control systems aboard the multi-intelligence uncrewed aircraft fleet.

The interim sustainment support contract covers the maintenance of the Tritons’ Wideband Command, Control and Communications (C3) Subsystem, developed by L3Harris.

Christine Zeitz, chief executive and general manager, Australia & New Zealand, Northrop Grumman, welcomed the collaboration between the two companies, saying, “L3Harris will support Triton’s wideband C3 functionality as we work collectively to deliver next-generation technology solutions that will help keep Australia safe.”

Starting this month, L3Harris will provide seven communications technicians and field service representatives to work with the Northrop Grumman team.


Andrew Rushbrook, managing director, L3Harris Communications Australia and regional vice president, L3Harris Tactical Communications, expanded on the comments from Zeitz, saying, “L3Harris is delighted to be working with Northrop Grumman Australia to deliver this critical capability to the Commonwealth. Our wideband C3 solution for Australia’s MQ-4C Triton will help establish a world-class sovereign capability.”

Northrop Grumman completed the first flight of Australia’s MQ-4C Triton uncrewed aircraft at its Palmdale facility in California in November 2023.

The flight marks a major production milestone as Northrop Grumman progresses towards delivery of Australia’s first Triton in 2024, with all four Australian Tritons currently under contract and progressing as planned through their production schedules.

Australia is part of the Triton co-operative program helping shape the requirements of the system. Together, US and Australian defence forces will share data collected by their respective Tritons.

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