Northrop Grumman is to receive a contract from the US Navy in support of the vertical take-off and landing tactical unmanned aerial vehicle (VTUAV) MQ-8B Fire Scout system.

Under the $10.4m cost-plus-fixed-fee contract, the company will provide logistics management, maintenance support, supply support, air vehicle transportation, training services, logistics management information, technical data updates, flight operations and deployment support.

Work will be carried out in Maryland, California and other locations outside the continental US, and is scheduled to be complete in August 2012.

The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, US, is the contracting activity.

Developed by Northrop, the MQ-8 Fire Scout is an unmanned autonomous helicopter and is designed to provide reconnaissance, situational awareness, and precision targeting support for ground, air and sea forces.