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. Named 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 which led to the MQ-8C.

Model News

HSC-22 Prepared Deployment at MARS UAS, 19-Mar-20 : #spaceport US Navy Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron HSC-22 flew their MQ-8B Fire Scout drones and MH-60S Seahawks at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) runway in Wallops Island, Virginia as part of pre-deployment training

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.

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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


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