Defense

November 30, 2015
 

MQ-8C Fire Scout completes operational assessment

The MQ-8C Fire Scout completes a test flight Nov. 19 at the Point Mugu Sea Range in California. This flight was one of 11 operational assessment events to validate the system’s performance, endurance and reliability.

The MQ-8C Fire Scout completed has three week operational assessment period Nov. 20 at Naval Base Ventura County at Point Mugu, Calif.
The OA included 11 flights totaling 83.4 flight hours where Fire Scout was tested against maritime and surveyed land targets to assess system performance, endurance and reliability of the unmanned helicopter.
“MQ-8C is meeting or exceeding its performance objectives and will deliver greater warfighting capabilities to the fleet in the future,” said Capt Jeff Dodge, Fire Scout’s program manager for Multi-Mission Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems.

The MQ-8C Fire Scout prepares to take off Nov. 19 from the Naval Air Warfare Center’s Sea Test Range at Point Mugu, Calif. Since 2013, the MQ-8C has logged over 400 flight hours during test events at this facility.

The MQ-8C will provide twice the endurance and three times the payload as the existing MQ-8B.  It has a range of 150 nautical miles and a payload capacity of more than 700 pounds which provides unique situational awareness and precision target support for the Navy on land and at-sea with its multiple intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities.
The smaller MQ-8B, currently deployed on the USS Fort Worth (LCS-3), has flown more than 16,000 hours and demonstrated the ability to operate alongside the MH-60 manned helicopter during ship-based operations.
“The C model will greatly impact how we monitor, understand and control the sea and air space around small surface combatants,” Dodge said.
The MQ-8C has logged 427 flights and more than 730 flight hours to date.  Initial ship-based testing is scheduled to begin in fiscal year 2017.




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