Northrop-Grumman MQ-8A/B Fire Scout

UAVs Derived from Schweizer 269C / 300

  • Northrop-Grumman MQ-8A/B Fire Scout
  • Northrop-Grumman MQ-8A/B Fire Scout

An unmanned autonomous helicopter developed for the US Armed Forces to be used in the reconnaissance and targeting support roles. The initial version, known as RQ-8A, was based on the Schweizer 330 and was the winner of the US Navy VTOL-UAV competition. This aircraft soon proved to not be good enough for service. The US Army joined the program in 2006 and a new variant was introduced. Called MQ-8B, is based on the Schweizer 333 with a 4-blades main rotor and Raytheon avionics, has greater payload and better overall performance. Fire Scout systems were used in the development of the Bell/Northrop-Grumman Fire-X

Model News

HSC-23 Makes History with MQ-8B Drones, 15-Aug-17 : US Navy’s HSC-23 trained handed off two autonomous, radar-equipped MQ-8B Fire Scout helicopters between multiple ground stations, a program first.

HSC-23 Detachment on USS Coronado, 03-Feb-17 : US Navy Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23’s MH-60S Seahawk and MQ-8B Fire Scout drone embarked on USS Coronado (LCS-4) Littoral combat ship on deployment with the 7th Fleet in Singapore

USS Coronado Deploys with Next-Gen UAV Controls, 27-Apr-16 : USS Coronado (LCS-4) new unmanned helicopter control system brings flexible mission control to first US Navy littoral missions.

MQ-8B Fire Scout on Coast Guard Ship for First Time, 16-Dec-14 : Northrop Grumman, US Coast Guard and US Navy flew the MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter on the Coast Guard Cutter USCGC Bertholf (WMSL 750) near Los Angeles, Dec. 5, 2014.

New advanced radar for the MQ-8B Fire Scout, 17-Jun-14 : SAN DIEGO, CA – Northrop Grumman Corporation and the U.S. Navy demonstrated a new multimode maritime surveillance radar on the MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter that will drastically enhance long-range imaging and search capabilities for Navy commanders.

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Derivatives & Versions

RQ-8A Fire Scout 2000
MQ-8B Fire Scout 2006 First flown Dec 2006 at NAS Patuxent River Webster Field annex.

List of Operators of Northrop-Grumman MQ-8A/B Fire Scout

From Organisation with model MQ-8A/B Fire Scout
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Construction Numbers on database of MQ-8A/B Fire Scout or its versions


Construction Numbers

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C/NBuilt asYearHistory
N-1 mq-8b US 167784 : US Navy; Dec09 HSL-42 det.7
N-10 mq-8b US 167986 : US Navy
N-11 mq-8b US 167987 : US Navy; 26jul12 Striken from US Navy list
N-12 mq-8b US 167988 : US Navy; 13dec12 Striken from US Navy list
N-13 mq-8b US 168210 : US Navy
N-14 mq-8b US 168211 : US Navy; 22jun11 Striken from US Navy list
N-15 mq-8b US 168212 : US Navy; Feb11 HSL-42 det.7 /N-15
N-16 mq-8b US 168213 : US Navy
16jun14 first trials with new radar AN/ZPY-4 at Webster+
N-17 mq-8b US 168441 : US Navy
Jan14 in Malta on board USS Simpson (FFG-56)
N-18 mq-8b US 168442 : US Navy
N-19 mq-8b US 168443 : US Navy
N-2 mq-8b US 167785 : US Navy; Dec09 HSL-42 det.7
N-20 mq-8b US 168444 : 17jul16 pictured hangared on USS Coronado (LCS 4) ‪d+
N-21 mq-8b US 168445 : USN; Apr14 HSM-35
N-22 mq-8b US 168446 : USN; Aug15 HSM-35
N-23 mq-8b US 168447 : USN
N-24 mq-8b US 168448 : USN
N-25 mq-8b US 168449 : US Navy
N-26 mq-8b US 168450 : US Navy
N-27 mq-8b US 168451 : US Navy
N-28 mq-8b US 168452 : USN
N-29 mq-8b US 168453 : US Navy; 29may15 as HSM-35 /47 on USS Fort Worth (LCS 3+
03jun15 pictured as HSM-35 /47 with USS Fort Worth (LCS+
N-3 mq-8b US 167786 : US Navy;
N-4 mq-8b US 167787 : US Navy; Feb11 HSL-42 det.7
2013 HSM-72
N-5 mq-8b US 167788 : US Navy; 06apr12 Striken from US Navy list
N-6 mq-8b US 167789 : US Navy
N-7 mq-8b US 167790 : US Navy
N-8 mq-8b US 167791 : US Navy
N-9 mq-8b US 167792 : US Navy
UAV-0001 rq-8a US N2120V : Schweizer/Northrop Grumman 269D
UAV-0002 rq-8a 2000 US N2119X : Schweizer/Northrop Grumman 269D; conv RQ-8A Fire Scout +
rq-8a FS 001 : Schweizer/Northrop Grumman ; 2003 at Paris Le Bourget a+
San Diego Air and Space Museum San Diego, CA by Nov16
rq-8a US 166400 : US Navy; 31dec08 Stricken from US Navy list; Preserved +
rq-8a US 166401 : US Navy; 31dec08 Stricken from US Navy list
rq-8a US 166414 : US Navy; 31dec08 Stricken from US Navy list
rq-8a US 166415 : US Navy
rq-8a US 166416 : US Navy; w/o unk; to be preserved at Evergreen Museum a+
mq-8b US 166821 : US Navy o/o; Northrop Grumman fake ?
38 C/N.

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