Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Northrop Grumman Demonstrates UAV Radar
Northrop Grumman demonstrated radar capability on its MQ-8B Fire Scout Vertical Unmanned Air System (VUAS), designated P6. The flight, which took place Sept. 19 at the Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz., test center, demonstrated Fire Scout's ability to search for, detect and track multiple targets during a test surveillance mission, the company said. “Fire Scout with radar is an invaluable tactical Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platform for all air capable surface ships supporting littoral and blue water missions," said Doug Fronius, tactical unmanned systems director for Northrop Grumman's Integrated Systems sector. The demonstration took place using a non-developmental Telephonics RDR-1700B search, surveillance, tracking and imaging radar system. The flight was the first of several radar demonstrations that will include an over-water search trial, Nothrop Grumman said.