The U.S. Navy contracted with Northrop Grumman Corp. build an additional series of the MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopters.
The MQ-8C is a “drone” helicopter that Northrop designed for reconnaissance, “situational awareness,” aerial fire support, and precision targeting support for ground, air, and sea forces.
The unmanned aircraft allows ship commanders to extend their intelligence-gathering capabilities beyond the horizon of their established reconnaissance limits. The Fire Scout design incorporates on-board sensors that capture full-motion video, identify targets and distribute information in real time to various users. This allows ship-based commanders to maintain awareness of a specified area or keep an eye on a target over long periods.
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