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    NEWS | Northrop-Grumman MQ-8C Fire Scout in US Navy
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    MQ-8C Fire Scout on Amphibious Ship


    Northrop Grumman MQ-8C Fire Scout drone completes successful fit check aboard USS Anchorage (LPD-23) and is ready to support the US Marine Corps amphibious warfare mission

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    MQ-8C Fire Scout on Amphibious Ship


    Northrop Grumman, May 30, 2021 - SAN DIEGO – A Northrop Grumman Corporation MQ-8C Fire Scout, the U.S. Navy’s only ship-based autonomous helicopter program, passes the initial fit check aboard the USS Anchorage (LPD-23) at Naval Base San Diego demonstrating the aircrafts’ suitability for the U.S. Marine Corps’ amphibious warfare mission.

    MQ-8C Fire Scout, which has integrated the AN/ZPY-8 radar, is expected to reach Initial Operating Capability in this new configuration this summer and begin replacing MQ-8B aircraft on upcoming deployments.

    The MQ-8C Fire Scout is the Navy’s next-generation autonomous helicopter.

    The MQ-8C Fire Scout’s airframe is based on the commercial Bell 407, a mature helicopter with more than 1,600 airframes produced and over 4.4 million flight hours.

    Combined with the maturity of Northrop Grumman’s autonomous systems architecture, Fire Scout meets customer requirements for ship-based and land-based autonomous systems. It also has the ability to autonomously take off and land on any aviation-capable ship and from prepared and unprepared landing zones. This enhancement significantly increases range and endurance (more than double) and payload capacity (more than triple).

    The MQ-8C has completed developmental testing and is ready to deploy replacing the smaller MQ-8B Fire Scout which has deployed on multiple frigates and is currently deployed on a Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). MQ-8B Fire Scout has also deployed to Afghanistan to support counter- improvised explosive device (IED) operations. This system has completed more than 16,600 flight hours over 6,200 sorties.

    About Northrop Grumman: Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in autonomous systems, cyber, C4ISR, space, strike, and logistics and modernization to customers worldwide.


    25,000 ton San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Anchorage (LPD-23)



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