Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Northrop Grumman Continues Fire Scout Testing with MH-60R
Source: Northrop Grumman
Northrop Grumman Corporation and the U.S. Navy have completed successful tests of the unmanned MQ-8B Fire Scout simultaneously with the MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter for the first time. The capability demonstrates how a mix of aircraft can increase a ship commander's intelligence-gathering capabilities aboard the Littoral Combat Ship.
The flight tests took place May 12, aboard the USS Freedom (LCS 1) off the coast of San Diego, Calif. Fire Scout complements the Sea Hawk because it can fly longer to maintain constant surveillance on a target or area of interest.
The MQ-8B Fire Scout is designed to take off autonomously and land from any aviation-capable warship. It has the endurance to fly for five hours and has logged more than 12,500 flight hours from land and sea. The MQ-8B Fire Scout is on its eighth at-sea deployment supporting a variety of surveillance and security missions onboard Navy frigates. The system also completed a two-year mission providing ground commanders intelligence-gathering capabilities in Afghanistan.
MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter prepares to land on USS Freedom. Photo courtesy U.S. Navy
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