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    NEWS | HSC-22 Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Two Two US Navy

    First MQ-8C Fire Scout Drone for HSC-22

    US Navy Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron HSC-22 received their first MQ-8C Fire Scout drone at Naval Station Norfolk. HSC-22 is the first East Coast squadron to operate the MH-60S Seahawk, MQ-8B Fire Scout and MQ-8C Fire Scout all together

    * Northrop-Grumman MQ-8C Fire Scout drone is based on the Bell 407 helicopter and provides greater endurance, range and payload capacity than the previous MQ-8 A/B variants based on Schweizer 330


    First MQ-8C Fire Scout Drone for HSC-22

    US Navy, September 21, 2020 - NORFOLK, Va. - Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22 received their first MQ-8C Fire Scout on Sept. 15 aboard Naval Station Norfolk.

    HSC-22 marks the first East Coast squadron to operate all three systems to include the MH-60S Knighthawk, MQ-8B Fire Scout, and MQ-8C Fire Scout. The new added capability of the MQ-8C combines the capabilities of the MQ-8B with the MH-60S Knighthawk to improve the Navy’s ability to investigate and target hostile surface contacts.

    “Incorporating the MQ-8C will represent a significant improvement in our unmanned air vehicle mission capability,” said Cmdr. Matthew Wright, HSC-22’s commanding officer. “The ‘Charlie’ is bigger, faster, can carry more mission equipment, and remain airborne over twice as long as our already-proven MQ-8B’s.”

    MQ-8B and C Fire Scout variants are designed for suitably equipped ship-based and land-based autonomous systems. MQ-8B and C Fire Scout / MH-60S extend Naval Aviation’s capability to support distributed maritime operations providing integrated, over-the-horizon intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and targeting, and combat logistics support.

    While the majority of the flight software in the MQ-8C Fire Scout is similar to the MQ-8B Fire Scout variant, the aircrews must adapt to the new capabilities of upgraded unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to include obtaining additional qualifications required for the maintenance team.

    Lt. Ryan Jaenke, MH-60S, MQ-8B/C pilot, discussed the advanced capabilities of the MQ-8C.

    “The MQ-8C Fire Scout is the latest step toward increasing the duration that UAS has on the battlefield as well as the impact. It advances the reliability of UAS as well as leaves a larger impact on the battlefield in missions that are not new to today’s warfighter,” said Jaenke.

    HSC-22’s mission is to provide manned and unmanned maritime attack and combat support capabilities to the fleet. HSC-22's inherent versatility provides full-spectrum warfighting support across multiple mission-sets and diverse and distributed platforms.

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