The MQ-8C Fire Scout is a sea-based vertical lift UAS built by Northrop Grumman for reconnaissance, situational awareness, and precision targeting support of forces on the ground, at sea, and in the air.
As reported by AUVSI earlier this month,
The U.S. Navy has declared initial operational capability of the MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter, which clears the way for fleet operations and training.
“This milestone is a culmination of several years of hard work and dedication from our joint government and industry team,” says Capt. Eric Soderberg, Fire Scout program manager.
“We are excited to get this enhanced capability out to the fleet.”
Considered an endurance and payload upgrade to its predecessor, the MQ-8B, the MQ-8C variant provides up to 12 hours on station depending on payload. The UAS also incorporates the commercial Bell 407 airframe.
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