It will be joined by a second operational Tritonlater this year and both aircraft will be prepared by the maintenance detachment of Unmanned Patrol Squadron based at Point Mugu before deployment to Guam in 2018.
In additional to Guam, the Navy's first MQ-4C squadron is based at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida, with the service planning to deploy Triton squadrons to NAS Mayport, Florida, NAS Sigonella, Italy and the Middle East in the future.
More »Japan is likely to delay plans to develop its next advanced stealth jet, the F-3, despite having tested its 0 million ATD-X demonstrator aircraft—a forerunner for the F-3—in 2016.
Funding for a F-3 program, which is expected to reach billion over its lifetime, is likely to be diverted instead into to purchasing additional F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft, as well as new ballistic missile interceptors for its Patriot and planned Aegis Ashore systems.
Seoul has been operating 36 E-model Apaches since January of this year, with US Force Korea also operating 48 Apaches on the peninsula.
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