MQ-8B Fire Scout

Vertical takeoff UAV (VTUAV)

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An enhanced version of the FireScout Vertical Takeoff UAV (VTUAV) completed an initial series of flight testing conducted by the U.S. Navy and Northrop Grumman.

The new model offers a significant capability increase over the first generation RQ-8A Fire Scout. It has a four blade rotor, and other enhancements giving the aircraft longer endurance (over eight hours) greater payload carrying capacity of up to 600 pounds (272 kg).

With additional fuel capacity, the MQ-8B can stay on station for six hours at 110 miles (176 km) from launch site. The Navy plans to use Fire Scout on board the Littoral Combat Ship, where sailors will operate both manned and unmanned helicopters to support operational requirements.



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