Military Embedded Systems

Navy to get five more Fire Scout UAVs from Northrop Grumman


April 08, 2014

John McHale

Editorial Director

Military Embedded Systems

SAN DIEGO. Northrop Grumman engineers have been tasked to build five more U.S. Navy MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopters. The unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) enable ship commanders to extend ship intelligence-gathering capabilities well beyond the typical horizon.

The aircraft will complete assembly Northrop Grumman's Unmanned Systems Center in Moss Point, Miss. The Fire Scout MQ-8C is based on a larger helicopter airframe that extended greater range, endurance and payload capacity than the currently fielded MQ-8B Fire Scout variant.

Fire Scout uses its sophisticated on-board sensors to capture full-motion video, identify targets, and then distribute data in real time to various users. This enables ship-based commanders to maintain their awareness of a specified area or to keep an eye on a target of interest for extended periods of time. The MQ-8C can also remain on station for more than eight hours and supports long-duration missions.

Northrop Grumman officials say they expect the aircraft will be ready for operations by the end of the year. A total of 19 aircraft are under contract with the Navy.


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