Thursday, December 4, 2008
MQ-8B Fire Scout Demonstrates Radar, EO/IR
Northrop Grumman's MQ-8B Fire Scout Vertical Unmanned Aircraft System (VUAS) demonstrated continuous combined payload coverage, successfully downlinking simultaneous digital video from both a Telephonics RDR-1700B multi-mode maritime radar and a FLIR Systems' Star SAFIRE III electro-optical/infrared sensor. The 40-minute flight, using a company-owned air vehicle and ground control station, took place Nov. 18 at the Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz. test center, Northrop Grumman said. "Warfighters demand and deserve precise situational awareness to detect and identify threats and other targets of interest through the use of multiple payloads simultaneously working together," said Doug Fronius, tactical unmanned systems director for Northrop Grumman's Integrated Systems sector. "Fire Scout has demonstrated its ability to provide those capabilities to U.S. and international military and law enforcement agencies."