Friday, January 8, 2010
MQ-8B Fire Scout UAV in Army Demo
Northrop Grumman's MQ-8B Fire Scout Vertical Unmanned Aircraft System, designated P7, successfully demonstrated interoperability with the Army's One System Remote Video Terminal (OSRVT) at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz.. Northrop Grumman said the demonstration, which took place the week of Nov. 23, was one in a series to prepare the Fire Scout for participation in the Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiment (AEWE) at Fort Benning, Ga., in January and February, where Fire Scout will perform many important Army UAS missions in support of the Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Northrop Grumman said. The OSRVT provides direct receipt of full-motion video and targeting metadata by capturing the Omni broadcast from UAS that are within a unit's area of operations. "Working with the OSRVT team, we were able to integrate the sensor downlink from the Fire Scout into the rugged manpack system for display to the user," said Mike Roberts, chief engineer for the Class IV UAV at Northrop Grumman's Aerospace Systems sector. "This integration was accomplished quickly without making any changes to the Fire Scout's current datalink or air-to-ground interface."