US Navy orders 5 additional MQ-8C

US Navy orders 5 additional MQ-8C

Northrop Grumman Systems has received a $55 million contract to deliver an additional five Fire Scout MQ-8C unmanned air systems and two lightweight fuel cells to the US Navy.

Work is scheduled to be done by 2021.

The MQ-8C Fire Scout’s airframe is based on the commercial Bell 407, a mature helicopter with more than 1,400 airframes produced and over 4 million flight hours. The MQ-8C Fire Scout is an upgrade to the existing “B” variant, which first deployed in 2009. With its larger airframe and its ability to autonomously take-off and land on any aviation-capable ship, the “C” can fly nearly twice as long and carry three times more payload than its predecessor.

The MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter, developed by Northrop Grumman, has autonomous take-off and landing capability.

It provides situational awareness and precision target support for the Navy with its ability to detect, identify, track, and potentially engage threats at extended ranges while supporting maritime requirements across the range of military operations.
The MQ-8C has and endurance of 8 hours on station, a range of 150 nautical miles and a payload capability of 700 pounds.

Source: www.defenceandtechnology.com
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