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MQ-8B Fire Scout integrated with new radar

18th June 2014 - 08:28 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


A new multi-mode surveillance radar has been integrated on to the US Navy’s MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to bring enhanced long-range imaging and search capabilities to naval commanders.

The radar – a Telephonics Corporation AN/ZPY-4 multi-mode maritime surveillance radar system modified for UAV use by Northrop Grumman – has been demonstrated by Northrop Grumman and the US Navy. 

Pairing radar technology with the MQ-8B Fire Scout’s existing electro-optical infrared payload will improve the system’s ability to address threats in all tactical environments.

George Vardoulakis, vice president, medium range tactical systems, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, said: ‘Fire Scout is pushing the limits of unmanned helicopters by continuing to add enhanced capabilities to its already advanced payload. This modernised radar complements Fire Scout's other sensors and systems to provide the navy with increased visibility far beyond the horizon, while collecting vital imaging for maritime operations.’

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