To make this website work, we log user data. By using Shephard's online services, you agree to our Privacy Policy, including cookie policy.

Open menu Search

US Navy gives go-ahead for Fire-X

25th April 2012 - 10:01 GMT | by Andrew White in London


The US Navy has given Northrop Grumman, Bell Helicopter and Rolls Royce the green light to deliver eight Fire-X VTOL UAVs in a programme dubbed the ‘next-generation Fire Scout’.

According to Northrop Grumman, a $262 million contract signed on 23 April will see the joint venture produce an initial tranche of UAVs with additional plans for the navy to acquire a further 20 aircraft under a rapid development effort.

The news follows the US Navy’s decision to ground its fleet of 14 MQ-8B Fire Scouts following two recent incidents.

Earlier in the month, the navy said system performance and operational

Already have an account? Log in

Want to keep reading this article?

Read this Article

Get access to this article with a Free Basic Account

  • Original curated content, daily across air, land and naval domains
  • 1 free story per week
  • Personalised news alerts
  • Daily and weekly newsletters
Create account

Unlimited Access

Access to all our premium news as a Premium News 365 Member. Corporate subscriptions available.

  • Original curated content, daily across air, land and naval domains
  • 14-day free trial (cancel at any time)
  • Unlimited access to all published premium news
Start your free trial
Andrew White


Andrew White

Andrew is a former editor of Digital Battlespace and Unmanned Vehicles magazines. Andrew joined Shephard …

Read full bio

Share to