Insitu will provide aircraft and services to support the USN and FMS operators of the RQ-21A Blackjack and ScanEagle.
Northrop Grumman completes fit check for MQ-8C Scout
Northrop Grumman has completed a successful fit check for the MQ-8C Fire Scout aboard the USS Anchorage at Naval Base San Diego.
The fit check demonstrates the aircraft’s suitability for amphibious warfare missions with the USMC.
The MQ-8C Fire Scout is the USN’s only ship-based autonomous helicopter. It features an integrated AN/ZPY-radar and is expected to reach IOC in this new configuration this summer, at which point it will begin to replace MQ-8B aircraft on upcoming deployments.
The MQ-8C provides greater range, endurance and payload capacity than the MQ-8B.
According to Shephard Defence Insight, the main payloads for the platform are an EO/IR/laser designator range finder, Automatic Identification System, voice communications relay, radar, weapons and other speciality payloads.
A deployed MQ-8 system includes AV payloads, MCS (with TCS and TCDL integrated for interoperability), Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Common Automatic Recovery Systems for automatic launch and recovery, associated spares and support equipment.
BlueBird Aero Systems, partially owned by IAI, completes delivery of 100 VTOL UAVs to an undisclosed European customer.
Northrop Grumman obtains new Broad Area Maritime Surveillance – Demonstrator contract modification despite USN plans to retire the unmanned aircraft.
Boeing and the US Navy have demonstrated the first successful test of unmanned air-to-air refuelling.
General Dynamics Mission Systems has been awarded a $72.8million contract by the US Navy to retrofit Knifefish mine countermeasure UUVs.
Milanion Group seeks to generate interest in Ukraine for its Agema UGV.