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. 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.

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.

On July 2019, achivied Initial Operational Capability (IOC) with the US Navy with the MQ-8C fleet flown over 1,500 hours with more than 700 sorties to date. The Navy has 38 aircraft on order.


Engine: 1 x Allison 250-C47 700 shp
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
pictured (bot) as 8455 /VX during first flight at Poin+
performed 10+ hours flight at Point Mugu
VX-30 concludes operational assessment (OA)
02 2014 US 168456 : as VX-30 /VX-8456 during first flight at Naval Base V+
03 US 168808 : USN; Aug15 VX-30
03mar19 pictured (pic1) on display at the 2019 Avalon A+
, Northrop Grumman, pictured (pic2) in the Hangar 7 dis+
on display at RIAT 2019
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; 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
54115 407 2012 US N472VB : 407 Northrop Grumman Systems Corp from Mar13, test serial C+
Northrop Grumman’s autonomous surrogate aircraft, a m+
Aug18 in US Navy ANTX exercise in Newport, RI for air +
US 168459 : USN; Jun14 HSM-35
2015 VX-20
15 C/N.

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