This device will support various maintenance and service training for the MQ-4C Triton, an unmanned surveillance aircraft built by Northrop Grumman for the US Navy’s Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Program (BAMS). Training functions include aircraft engine removal and installation as well as system maintenance.
The trainer’s aerostructures were fabricated from composites that simulate the surfaces of the original aircraft, a re-purposed stricken RQ-4A Global Hawk. They were then mated up to the fuselage thus completing the training device assembly.
We used CATIA V5 to redesign the empennage by modifying the original aircraft configuration. This reduced cost while achieving desired training device functionality.
The team at Padden Design Engineering is currently supporting the fabrication of Ship Set No. 2 and designing tooling for various auxiliary components to support trainer functions including radomes and underwing pods.