The US Navy's MQ-4C Triton drone has completed its first cross-country flight, traveling over 3,300 miles at altitudes up to 50,000 feet from Palmdale, CA along the southern border, towards Florida before turning north and heading up the Atlantic seaboard before landing at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, in Maryland.

If you're looking at the above image and thinking, "Hey, that looks familiar," there's a reason – the MQ-4 is the Navy's modified version of the US Air Force's RQ-4B Global Hawk. This particular UAV has been optimized, according to Defense News, for the Navy's maritime environments with a reinforced airframe, enhanced de-icing and lightning protection. This should allow it to cut through cloud layers for more detailed peeks at ships and ground forces.

Take a look below for video of the MQ-4 during its takeoff from California to its landing in Maryland.


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