Northrop Grum­man’s MQ-8C Fire Scout pre­pares for ship­board test­ing


Northrop Grum­man Cor­po­ra­tion (NOC) suc­cess­fully com­pleted pre­ci­sion sloped land­ing tests Au­gust 27 with the MQ-8C Fire Scout at Naval Base Ven­tura County, Point Mugu, in prepa­ra­tion for at-sea test­ing. MQ-8C Fire Scout has been un­der­go­ing rig­or­ous flight test­ing and val­i­da­tion, which will cul­mi­nate in the ac­tual take-off and land­ing on the deck of a Navy ves­sel at-sea. The MQ-8C is the company’s lat­est vari­ant of its suc­cess­ful Fire Scout un­manned aerial sys­tem, which per­forms in­tel­li­gence, surveil­lance and re­con­nais­sance mis­sions for the US Navy.

“The sloped take-off and land­ing tests are de­signed to be as real as it gets to ac­tu­ally op­er­at­ing on a Navy ship,” said Cap­tain Pa­trick Smith, Fire Scout Pro­gram Man­ager at Naval Air Sys­tems Com­mand. “The au­ton­o­mous MQ-8C Fire Scout sys­tem is able to pre­cisely track and un­der­stand the roll and pitch of the sur­face which re­sem­bles at-sea con­di­tions.”

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