News about Northrop-Grumman MQ-8C Fire Scout
Faraday Cages for MQ-8C Fire Scout, 24-Sep-19 : #FireScout Summit Aviation renewed contract with Northrop Grumman to continue building Faraday Cages for US Navy’s MQ-8C Fire Scout drones at the company’s plant in Somerset, Kentucky.
Initial Operational Capability for MQ-8C Fire Scout, 10-Jul-19 : #FireScout The US Navy declared the initial operational capability (IOC) for the Northrop Grumman MQ-8C Fire Scout. A drone based on the Bell 407 helicopter, will deploy aboard Littoral combat ships (LCS) in 2021. 38 unmanned systems ordered
MQ-8C Drone in Sonobuoys and Sonar Demonstration, 20-Sep-18 : #FireScout US Navy exercise ANTX demonstrated air drop of sonobuoys and deployment of the micro synthetic aperture sonar (µSAS) from a Northrop Grumman MQ-8C Fire Scout drone helicopter
VX-1 Completed MQ-8C Evaluation on USS Coronado, 06-Jul-18 : #evaluation USS Coronado (LCS-4) and Air Test and Evaluation Squadron VX-1 completed the first comprehensive Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) for the MQ-8C Fire Scout
MQ-8C Drone Evaluation on USS Coronado, 20-Jun-18 : #drones Littoral Combat Ship USS Coronado (LCS-4) began underway operational testing of the Navy’s newest unmanned helicopter, the Northrop-Grumman/Bell MQ-8C Fire Scout, off the coast of San Diego
Systel to Support US Navy MQ-8C Drones, 09-Apr-18 : Systel Inc was selected by US Navy Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) to support the MQ-8C Fire Scout drone program with rugged high-density computing servers
US Navy Acquired Bell 407 for MQ-8C Program, 16-Mar-18 : US Navy acquired 3 Bell 407 airframes valued $10M to be delivered by 2020 for conversion into Northrop Grumman MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV)
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
Northrop Grumman at Avalon 2015, 23-Feb-15 : Avalon 2015 Northrop Grumman will highlight key programmes at the Australian International Air Show including unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
MQ-8C Fire Scout Flew from Destroyer for First Time, 23-Dec-14 : After more than a year of land-based testing at Point Mugu, the new unmanned helicopter MQ-8C Fire Scout flew for the first time off an US Navy guided-missile destroyer.
First Operational MQ-8C Fire Scout to the US Navy, 03-Dec-14 : First operational Northrop Grumman MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter was delivered to the US Navy. Will be deploy for flight tests aboard the USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) this winter.
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