Northrop Grum­man’s MQ-8B Fire Scout com­pletes 5,000 flight hours in Afghanistan

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The Northrop Grum­man Cor­po­ra­tion-built MQ-8B Fire Scout un­manned he­li­copter sur­passed 5,000 flight hours while pro­vid­ing crit­i­cal sur­veil­lance ca­pa­bil­i­ties to field com­man­ders in Afghanistan. Since de­ploy­ing to Afghanistan in 2011, the MQ-8 Fire Scout sys­tem has pro­vided re­al­time air­borne sur­veil­lance and tar­get­ing sup­port­ing counter im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vices (IEDs), pro­vided tar­get­ing sup­port and de­liv­ered real-time video to mil­i­tary forces on the ground.

“Fire Scout’s ver­sa­til­ity makes it an ideal in­tel­li­gence-gath­er­ing as­set for mil­i­tary units on the front line, both on land and at sea,” said Cap­tain Pa­trick Smith, Pro­gram Man­ager, Naval Air Sys­tems Com­mand.

Com­bined with test­ing and Fire Scout’s six at-sea de­ploy­ments aboard Navy frigates, the sys­tem has eclipsed 10,000 flight hours sup­port­ing naval and ground com­man­ders with crit­i­cal in­tel­li­gence-gath­er­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties to re­spond to threats.

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