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The aircraft was operated by a ground-based
'First flight is a critical step in maturing the MQ-8C Fire Scout endurance upgrade before using the system operationally next year,' said Capt.
The MQ-8C Fire Scout is designed to fly twice as long and has three times the payload capacity of the current MQ-8B variant. Based on a larger commercial airframe with additional fuel tanks and an upgraded engine, the MQ-8C will be able to fly up to 12 hours or carry up to 2,600 pounds.
'Operating the MQ-8B Fire Scout from
Currently, the MQ-8B Fire Scout is on its seventh at-sea deployment supporting antipiracy missions on board
Using on-board sensors to capture full-motion video, Fire Scout can identify targets and then distribute the information in real time to various users. This capability allows ship-based commanders to maintain awareness of a specified area or keep an eye on a target of interest for long periods of time.
Production of the MQ-8C Fire Scout is being completed at the Northrop Grumman Unmanned Systems Center in
The MQ-8C Fire Scout industry team includes
Please visit www.northropgrumman.com
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