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Fire Scout reaches IOC with US Navy

10th July 2019 - 11:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The MQ-8C Fire Scout has reached initial operational capability with the US Navy, clearing the way for fleet operations and training to begin.

The MQ-8 Fire Scout will provide reconnaissance, situational awareness and precision targeting support for the navy as a complement to the manned MH-60 helicopter.

The MQ-8C variant is an endurance and payload upgrade to its predecessor, the MQ-8B, offering up to twelve hours on station depending on payload, and incorporates the commercial Bell 407 airframe.

The UAS will be equipped with an upgraded radar that allows for a larger field of view and a range of digital modes including weather detection, air-to-air targeting and a ground moving target indicator

Northrop Grumman will now continue MQ-8C production deliveries to the navy to complete a total of 38 aircraft, and will deploy on the LCS fleet from 2021.

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