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New Navy drone gets its feet wet flying off a Navy...

MQ-8C Fire Scout, the newest naval drone being developed for the U.S. Navy by Northrop Grumman successfully flew the system for the first time off the guided-missile destroyer, USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109), Dec. 16, off the Virginia coast.

Manned and unmanned helicopters demonstrate joint operations with the Littoral Combat...

The US Navy has demonstrated operations of manned and unmanned aircraft from the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). On a test off the Pacific coast, the Northrop Grumman MQ-8B Fire Scout launched and controlled from the USS Freedom, transferred information to an airborne Sikorsky MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter, both providing the LCS critical surveillance information

LCS 3 ‘Fort Worth’ Validates Surface Weapon Package, UAS Operations on...

The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Surface Warfare Mission Package successfully completed the second phase of its developmental testing, on board the USS Fort Worth...

Fire Scout Begins Ground Testing

The US Navy's latest UAS, the at Northrop Grumman Fire Scout MQ-8C unmanned helicopter began manufacturers' ground testing at the Naval Base Ventura County...

US Navy Receives the First MQ-8C VTUAV

Northrop Grumman has delivered the first MQ-8C aircraft to the US Navy in early July, in preparation for ground and flight testing. "The endurance upgrade...

US Navy Orders Additional MQ-8C Long Endurance FireScouts

The U.S. Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation a contract valued at more than $71 million to produce six additional next-generation Fire Scout unmanned...

DARPA’s Future MALE Drones to Operate From Littoral Combat Ships

DARPA wants to introduce a new class of MALE UAS that will be able to deploy from destroyer and frigate size vessels, such as the Independence Class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS-2),extending the Naval ISR and strike capabilities to deploy faster and farther, anywhere in the world

Telephonics to Equip US Navy FireScouts with SAR/GMTI Radars

Telephonics Corporation will deliver nine AN/ZPY-4(V)1 multi-mode maritime surveillance radars to equip the US Navy’s MQ-8B with improved night/adverse weather surveillance capability.

US Navy Seek to Arm Firescouts with Guided Rockets

Firescout with APKWS
The US Marine Corps plans to integrate the newly fielded Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) rocket onto the MQ-8B Firescout unmanned helicopter. The US Navy recently awarded a contract for such integration to the weapon developer BAE Systems.

New Datalink for the New MQ-8C Firescout

Cubic Defense Applications is developing a new multiband digital data link system for the MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter.Cubic is developing the new datalink under a $3.7 million contract awarded by the MQ-8C prime contractor Northrop Grumman.

Fire-X Helicopter Accomplishes First Autonomous Flight

Fire-X, a vertical unmanned air system (VUAS) developed by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) and Bell Helicopter, a Textron company (NYSE:TXT), completed its first fully...

FireScout is Preparing for Mission – Technical & Operational Evaluation

// http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js Earlier this month the Fire Scout RQ-8B completed its first flight with the baseline payload comprising an EO payload and datalink, bringing the...

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