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MQ-8C Fire Scout

MQ-8C Fire Scout

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    Year Deployed:
unmanned utility
600 lbs.
2,650 lbs.
RR turboshaft
854 s.h.p.
41 ft. 5 in.
10 ft. 11 in.
35 ft.
2,070 lbs.
6,000 lbs.
145 mph
161 mph
2,000 fpm
17,000 feet
14 hours
2014 (projected)

The MQ-8C Fire Scout helicopter is being developed by Northrop Grumman and Bell Textron as an unmanned aerial vehicle. Its primary missions will be reconnaissance, target acquisition, and cargo transport. It can be armed with AGM-175 Griffin or Hellfire missiles and APKWS II guided 70 mm rockets.

Northrop Grumman is using the Bell 407 helicopter as the basis for the Fire Scout. The advantage of using a maturely developed helicopter as the basis for the MQ-8C is that it is a tested, proven platform. Rather than having to spend a great deal of time to develop a completely new helicopter, development time for the Fire Scout will be greatly reduced.

The MQ-8C Fire Scout is intended for use on land and aboard ships. It will be capable of supporting front line troops by landing on unprepared areas. It is designed to work with current and any foreseen future Army and Navy type control systems.

Northrop Grumman anticipates that the costs of production models will be considerable lower than manned helicopters, with increased durability, and lower overall maintenance.

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