27 Dec '14, 6am

MQ-8C Fire Scout drone helo flies from Navy ship at sea for 1st time

An MQ-8C Fire Scout helicopter in flight. Photo courtesy Northrop Grumman Related In first, Fire Scout drone helicopters being deployed to Pacific The Navy will soon deploy unmanned surveillance helicopters to the Pacific for the first time, according to defense contractor Northrop Grumman. NORFOLK, Va. — For the first time, the Navy has flown an unmanned MQ-8C Fire Scout helicopter from the deck of a ship at sea. Earlier this month off the coast of Virginia, engineers from Northrop Grumman practiced taking off and landing the MQ-8C Fire Scout from the deck of the guided missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham. From a control room aboard the ship, civilian pilots completed 32 takeoffs and landings with the new drone helicopter over several days before wrapping up the sea trials Tuesday. The Navy also ran three full-scale test flights, which involved maneuvering the helicopter a...

Full article: http://www.stripes.com/news/navy/mq-8c-fire-scout-drone-h...

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