Northrop-Grumman MQ-8C Fire Scout

UAVs Derived from Bell 407

  • Northrop-Grumman MQ-8C Fire Scout
  • Northrop-Grumman MQ-8C Fire Scout

Based on the Bell 407 Fire-X provide greater endurance, range and payload capacity than the previous MQ-8 A/B variants.

On 2012, Northrop Grumman started low-rate production.

First flight by 168455 /VX on October 31, 2013 at Naval Base Ventura County.

The MQ-8C entered test service in 2014 with ship-based deployments expected to start in 2017.

Modifications to the MQ-8C's airframes are carried out at the Bell Helicopter facility in Ozark, Alabama, while final assembly is performed in Moss Point, Mississippi.

Plans are for 40 aircraft by 2023

Model News

MQ-8C Completes First Test Period Aboard LCS, 11-Apr-17 : US Navy’s MQ-8C Fire Scout drone returned from USS Montgomery (LCS-8) after completing initial testing aboard a littoral combat ship. Will begin initial operational test and evaluation in fall 2017

MQ-8C Fire Scout with Leonardo AESA Radar, 18-Oct-16 : US Navy MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter to be equipped with Leonardo’s Osprey Electronically Scanned Radar

US Navy Orders 10 Additional MQ-8C, 29-Sep-16 : US Navy ordered 10 additional MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopters to Northrop Grumman bringing the total number to be procured to 29. MQ-8C is based on the Bell 407 airframe.

MQ-8C Fire Scout Concludes Operational Assessment, 01-Dec-15 : The US Navy and Northrop Grumman completed a successful land-based operational assessment (OA) with the unmanned, autonomous helicopter MQ-8C Fire Scout at Naval Base Point Mugu, California

Endurance Demonstration of the MQ-8C UAV, 25-Aug-15 : U.S. Navy MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter demonstrated endurance capabilities with a 10+ hour flight and range out to 150nm/277km flight from Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, CA

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Engine: 1 x Allison 250-C47 700shp
Length: (m) 12.6
Height: (m) 3.3
Blades: 4
Rotor diam.: (m) 10.7
Disc area: (m2)
Weight: (kgs)     Max: 2700
Speed: (km/h)     Max: 260
Range: (km)
Ceiling: (m) 5100
Rate/Climb: (m/min)

List of Operators of Northrop-Grumman MQ-8C Fire Scout

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Construction Numbers on database of MQ-8C Fire Scout or its versions


Construction Numbers

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C/NBuilt asYearHistory
01 2013 US 168455 : USN /NG pictured (top) d/d Jul13
31oct13 pictured (bot) as 8455 /VX during first flight +
Aug15 performed 10+ hours flight at Point Mugu
20nov15 VX-30 concludes operational assessment (OA)
02 2014 US 168456 : 12feb14 as VX-30 /VX-8456 during first flight at Naval+
03 US 168808 : USN; Aug15 VX-30
04 US 168809 : USN; Aug5 VX-30
05 US 168810 : USN; Sep15 VX-30 /05
06 US 168811 : USN; Mar16 VTUAV, NAS Point Mugu
07 US 168812 : USN
08 US 168813 : USN
09 US 168982 : USN; Mar16 VTUAV, NAS Point Mugu
10 US 168983 : USN; Mar16 VTUAV, NAS Point Mugu
11 US 168984 : USN
12 US 168985 : USN; Mar16 VTUAV, NAS Point Mugu
13 US 168986 : USN; Mar16 VTUAV, NAS Point Mugu
US 168459 : USN; Jun14 HSM-35
2015 VX-20
14 C/N.

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