View all newsletters
Receive our newsletter – data, insights and analysis delivered to you
  1. News
July 23, 2013

US Navy receives first upgraded MQ-8C Fire Scout UAV

The US Navy has received the first upgraded MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) from Northrop Grumman, in preparation for ground and flight testing.

Fire Scout UAV

The US Navy has received the first upgraded MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) from Northrop Grumman, in preparation for ground and flight testing.

The UAV will initially undergo ground testing to demonstrate its ability to communicate with the ground control station, followed by flight trials to validate its technology.

Northrop Grumman medium-range tactical systems vice-president George Vardoulakis said the upgraded Fire Scout UAV will undergo ground and flight testing to meet the US Navy’s urgent requirement for maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

"Testing on the naval air systems command test range provides us with extended air space to conduct and demonstrate long endurance and systems testing in a maritime environment," Vardoulakis said.

"The endurance upgrade doubles the time on station of the MQ-8 system."

"The endurance upgrade doubles the time on station of the MQ-8 system, and will help reduce the workload for the ship’s crew by cutting the number of times the crew will need to be in flight quarters."

The upgraded MQ-8 system features a modified commercially available airframe to provide enhanced range, more than double the endurance and three times the payload capacity when compared to the MQ-8B variant.

Currently in service onboard the US Navy aircraft carriers, the MQ-8B is also used in Afghanistan to provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities to maritime and ground commanders.

The new MQ-8C Fire Scout is capable of vertical take off and landing, and provides the navy with extended range, payload and cargo hauling capabilities.

The MQ-8C UAV’s first operational deployment with the US Navy is scheduled in 2014.


Image: A US Navy’s MQ-8C UAV. Photo: courtesy of US Navy.

Defence Technology

Related Companies

NEWSLETTER Sign up Tick the boxes of the newsletters you would like to receive. The top stories of the day delivered to you every weekday. A weekly roundup of the latest news and analysis, sent every Monday. The defence industry's most comprehensive news and information delivered every month.
I consent to GlobalData UK Limited collecting my details provided via this form in accordance with the Privacy Policy
SUBSCRIBED

THANK YOU

Thank you for subscribing to Naval Technology