Wednesday, January 2, 2008
Raytheon Completes MQ-8B Testing
Raytheon completed initial testing of the Tactical Control System's (TCS) command and control capabilities for the U.S. Navy's MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter. Raytheon said the TCS provides the Navy with a single unmanned aircraft system (UAS) that can control two air vehicles. The control system consists of mission planning, command and control and data processing and dissemination capabilities for operation of the medium altitude endurance and tactical family of unmanned aircraft systems. TCS’s common user interface enables the UAS operator, trained on one UAS system, to control different types of unmanned aircraft systems or UAS payloads with minimal further training. The testing was conducted Dec. 15, at the Webster Field annex, Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, Md.