U.S. Navy’s helicopter completes fit check on USS Anchorage

Northrop Grumman Corporation’s MQ-8C Fire Scout has passed the initial fit check aboard the USS Anchorage at Naval Base San Diego.

U.S. Navy’s ship-based helicopter completes fit check aboard USS Anchorage
Courtesy of Northrop Grumman

Belonging to the U.S. Navy’s only ship-based autonomous helicopter program, the MQ-8C Fire Scout has the ability to autonomously take off and land on any aviation-capable ship and from prepared and unprepared landing zones.

The fit check reportedly demonstrated the aircrafts’ suitability for the U.S. Marine Corps’ amphibious warfare mission.

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MQ-8C Fire Scout, which has integrated the AN/ZPY-8 radar, is expected to reach Initial Operating Capability in this new configuration this summer and begin replacing MQ-8B aircraft on upcoming deployments.

USS Anchorage (LPD-23) is a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock.