18 Apr '17, 4pm

MQ-8C Fire Scout Drone Makes First Flight Off Littoral Combat Ship

MQ-8C Fire Scout Drone Makes First Flight Off Littoral Combat Ship

An autonomous helicopter designed to boost intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities for ship crews at sea has completed a successful first flight from the deck of a littoral combat ship underway. Earlier this month, the MQ-8C Fire Scout took off from the Independence-Class LCS Montgomery during a two-week series of tests off the coast of California. The flight came two years after the Fire Scout was first delivered to the Navy in December 2014 and marked a milestone in proving out the reliability and safety of the small drone. A Fire Scout had previously conducted an at-sea flight off an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, the Jason Dunham, in December 2015. “Fire Scout’s successful testing aboard USS Montgomery and USS Dunham proves its capability to fly from multiple air capable ships,” Navy Capt. Jeff Dodge Fire Scout program manager for Nava...

Full article: https://www.dodbuzz.com/2017/04/18/mq-8c-fire-scout-drone...

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