The US Navy has halted work on ‘Sense and Avoid’ radar for the RQ-4C Triton remotely piloted aircraft (RPA); “We have made a decision to pause of the development of that capability,” Capt Jim Hoke confirmed, Hoke is the Naval Air Systems Command program manager for the Triton. Hoke was speaking at a press conference at theconvention in Washington DC last week. “We are behind schedule (on that system)” Hoke acknowledged, “we made a decision to pause on the development of that capability for right now, it remains a requirement for the Navy, and to our program. We just need to take a hard look at the best path forward, based on where we are in technology perspective. We fully understand and appreciate how important that is especially when you get into areas as PACOM and Sixth Fleet” Hoke added. Commanders of those forces have said a system is critical for their operations.
According to Hoke, regarding the future of the Triton’s Sense and Avoid systems, all options are on the table and potentially the entire effort could recompleted from scratch. Potentially, radar contractorcould lose its place as the sense and avoid system supplier. “Right now I’m waiting for to come back to me and brief what are our potential options going forward,” Hoke says.