facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Northrop delivers enhanced Fire Scout

July 22, 2013 at 9:25 AM   |   Comments

SAN DIEGO, July 22 (UPI) -- The first upgraded MQ-8C Fire Scout autonomous helicopter by Northrop Grumman has been delivered to the U.S. Navy for ground and flight testing.

The MQ-8C, with a modified commercial Bell Helicopter airframe, can provide three times the payload and double the endurance at extended ranges compared to the current MQ-8B, which is already in operational use on frigates and in Afghanistan.

"The endurance upgrade doubles the time on station of the MQ-8 system and will help reduce the workload for the ship's crew by cutting the number of times the crew will need to be in flight quarters," said George Vardoulakis, vice president, medium range tactical systems for Northrop Grumman.

"Ground and flight testing are the next steps in meeting the urgent requirement for maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. Testing on the Naval Air Systems Command test range provides us with extended air space to conduct and demonstrate long endurance and systems testing in a maritime environment."

The MQ-8C is used for surveillance, reconnaissance and intelligence missions and for cargo delivery.

.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
ATM fees on the rise, again ATM fees on the rise, again
2
First A-29 rolls off Florida assembly line for USAF program First A-29 rolls off Florida assembly line for USAF program
3
Navy orders more Block IV Tomahawk cruise missiles Navy orders more Block IV Tomahawk cruise missiles
4
Babcock conducting refit, maintenance of mine-hunter vessel Babcock conducting refit, maintenance of mine-hunter vessel
5
Saab to overhaul Navy submarine; supply remotely operated vehicles Saab to overhaul Navy submarine; supply remotely operated vehicles
Trending News
x
Feedback