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  • 30 July 2019

    The Japanese government intends to acquire around 20 unmanned helicopters for its Maritime Self Defense Forces (JMSDF), local media reports have said citing unnamed officials. According to the Yomiuri Shimbun, the acquisition of a yet unspecified large, unmanned helicopter fleet would be in response to China’s growing maritime assertiveness in the region. The ship-based helicopters […]

  • 31 January 2019

    The US Naval Air Systems Command has awarded Northrop Grumman Systems a $55 million contract to deliver an additional five Fire Scout MQ-8C unmanned air systems and two lightweight fuel cells. The company is expected to complete work on the contract by August 2021. The MQ-8C is the larger of two Fire Scout variants delivered by […]

  • 12 April 2017
    Authorities, Equipment & technology

    The U.S. Navy’s MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter completed the initial testing phase aboard a littoral combat ship returning from USS Montgomery (LCS-8) on April 11. The Fire Scout test team along with USS Montgomery sailors conducted dynamic interface testing to verify the MQ-8C launch and recovery procedures and test interoperability between the unmanned helicopter and […]

  • 12 September 2016
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Industry news

    The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command has awarded Northrop Grumman a $108,118,000 contract to deliver another ten Fire Scout MQ-8C unmanned air systems. Fire Scout is an unmanned helicopter system that provides real-time intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) to the U.S. Navy. There are two Fire Scout variants. The smaller MQ-8B has deployed on multiple frigates and […]

  • 17 October 2016
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Industry news

    Leonardo-Finmeccanica announced Monday that its Osprey active electronically scanned array AESA radar has been picked to serve as look-out on-board the US Navy’s newly-upgraded unmanned helicopter, the MQ-8C Fire Scout. The unmanned helicopter is designed to take off from the decks of US Navy ships to keep watch for distant threats. The contract will see Leonardo delivering an initial batch […]

  • 9 July 2018
    Authorities, Equipment & technology

    US Navy littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) completed the first comprehensive Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) for the MQ-8C Fire Scout on June 29. The ship’s crew worked with the Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 (VX-1) for the IOT&E which will inform decision-makers on how best to integrate the navy’s newest unmanned […]

  • 9 July 2019

    MQ-8C Fire Scout, the US Navy’s new unmanned helicopter, has reached initial operational capability (IOC) after some six years of flight trials. The navy declared IOC on June 28, after the MQ-8C clocked in over 1,500 flight hours with more than 700 sorties. The sea-based, vertical lift unmanned system is designed to provide reconnaissance, situational […]

  • 12 May 2020
    Equipment & technology

    The US Navy, with support from Northrop Grumman Corporation, commenced flight testing of the MQ-8C Fire Scout equipped with the Leonardo AN/ZPY-8 radar. “The AN/ZPY-8 radar significantly increases Fire Scout’s detection and tracking of targets. The ability to simultaneously employ multiple modes supports US Navy intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance requirements,” Melissa Packwood, program manager, tactical […]

  • 28 November 2013
    Equipment & technology, Industry news

    The U.S. Navy has taken delivery of the second MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter from Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) after completion of the final assembly at the company’s unmanned systems center in Moss Point, Miss. The aircraft is joining the first one delivered to Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, Calif., to conduct flight […]

  • 21 June 2018
    Authorities, Equipment & technology

    US Navy littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) started the underway operational testing phase of the MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter. The latest set of trials began June 15, off San Diego. The operations are a continuation of MQ-8C operational testing that began in April. This next phase is testing the MQ-8C’s ability to operate […]

  • 18 February 2014
    Training & Education

    Northrop Grumman Corporation and the U.S. Navy successfully flew the second MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter for the first time. Conducted at Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, Calif., the flight will allow the team to ramp up testing efforts to prepare the system for operations.   Current tests are focused on validating the flight […]

  • 6 May 2014
    Training & Education

    In preparation for ship-board flights this spring, the Northrop Grumman Corporation-built MQ-8C Fire Scout will be tested for its ability to operate safely in the intense electromagnetic environment aboard U.S. Navy ships.   The MQ-8C Fire Scout uses specially-designed cages, known as Faraday cages, to protect sensitive equipment on the aircraft from signal interference. “All […]

  • 4 December 2014
    Authorities, Equipment & technology

    Northrop Grumman Corporation has delivered the first operational MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter to the U.S. Navy. The system will be used by ship-based commanders to improve the Navy’s intelligence-gathering capabilities. The MQ-8C is an upgraded version of the existing MQ-8B Fire Scout using a larger airframe. It can fly nearly twice as long and […]

  • 1 November 2013
    Equipment & technology, Industry news

    Northrop Grumman Corporation and the U.S. Navy successfully completed the first flight of the next-generation MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter at Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, Calif. At 12:05 p.m. the MQ-8C Fire Scout took off and flew for seven minutes in restricted airspace to validate the autonomous control systems. A second flight that […]

  • 28 December 2016
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Research & Development

    The U.S. Navy’s unmanned helicopter, MQ-8B Fire Scout, celebrated 10 years of flight on December 18, during a ceremony at Webster Field Annex, Maryland. The helicopter flew 15,000 hours during test and real-world operations since its first flight ten years ago. Fire Scout’s next variant, the MQ-8C was introduced by the navy in 2012. The smaller MQ-8B […]

  • 8 April 2014
    Equipment & technology, Industry news

    Northrop Grumman Corporation will build five additional U.S. Navy MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopters, which allow ship commanders to extend their intelligence-gathering capabilities far beyond the horizon.   Final assembly of the aircraft will take place at the company’s Unmanned Systems Center in Moss Point, Miss. The MQ-8C is based on a larger helicopter airframe […]

  • 25 September 2013
    Equipment & technology, Industry news

    Northrop Grumman Corporation turned on the power to the U.S. Navy’s first MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter and rotated the aircraft’s four blades for the first time during initial ground testing and engine runs at Naval Base Ventura County Point Mugu, Calif., Sept. 20. Conducting initial engine runs of the aircraft allows engineers to collect […]

  • 27 August 2015
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Research & Development

    Northrop Grumman Corporation and the U.S. Navy successfully demonstrated endurance capabilities with the MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter. On a planned 10+ hour flight and range out to 150 nautical miles flight from Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu; the MQ-8C Fire Scout achieved 11 hours with over an hour of fuel in reserve. The […]

  • 27 April 2012
    Equipment & technology, Industry news

      The U.S. Navy has selected Northrop Grumman to produce the next-generation Fire Scout unmanned helicopter using the Bell 407 airframe. The new variant provides greater range, endurance and payload capacity to ship commander’s intelligence-gathering efforts. According to a U.S. Department of Defense news release on contract awards released April 23, the company will produce […]

  • 7 October 2013
    Equipment & technology, Industry news

    Northrop Grumman Corporation is participating in the Pacific 2013 International Maritime Exposition in Sydney, where it will highlight its maritime security capabilities, including unmanned aircraft systems for maritime and coastal surveillance, marine navigation, radar and mine detection systems, and maritime domain awareness.  “Northrop Grumman is committed to supporting the Australian Defence Force and to providing […]

  • 4 April 2019

    The Australian defense ministry announced it is buying the second of a planned fleet of six MQ-4C Triton remotely piloted aircraft. Australia is acquiring the Tritons through a cooperative program with the United States Navy. The MQ-4C is being acquired to complement Poseidon P-8A maritime patrol aircraft operations. Australian defense minister Christopher Pyne said the […]

  • 26 June 2018
    Authorities, Equipment & technology

    The Australian government announced it is investing AU$1.4 billion in the acquisition of six MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The UAS will be acquired through a cooperative program with the US Navy. Australia is buying the UAS to complement the surveillance role of the P-8A Poseidon aircraft through sustained operations at long ranges as […]

  • 20 March 2018
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Industry news

    Australia’s P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft achieved Initial Operating Capability, Australia’s defense minister Marise Payne has announced. Minister Payne congratulated the Air Force and the defense department’s Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG) on achieving the milestone five months ahead of schedule. “Together the P-8A Poseidon and the future MQ-4C Triton aircraft will provide Australia […]

  • 27 September 2016
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Industry news

    U.S. Navy’s MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system (UAS) was authorized for low-rate initial production approval following a successful Milestone Decision Authority (MDA) led review. This decision marks the beginning of the production and deployment phase of the U.S Department of Defense acquisition process. An integrated test team made up of Navy personnel from air test and evaluation squadrons VX-1 […]

  • 15 June 2012
    Training & Education

    The unmanned aircraft community received its first glimpse of the U.S. Navy’s MQ-4C Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) unmanned aircraft system (UAS) during an unveiling ceremony June 14 at Northrop Grumman’s Palmdale, Calif., manufacturing plant. “Last year, we proudly celebrated the centennial of naval aviation–this year we have seen the rollout of a new patrol […]

  • 22 August 2017
    Authorities, Equipment & technology

    The US Navy’s littoral combat ship USS Coronado live-fired a Harpoon block 1C missile beyond the ship’s visual range, aided by the embarked MQ-8B Fire Scout and the MH-60S Seahawk helicopter. The US 7th Fleet said the firing took place off the coast of Guam on August 22, with the missile striking a surface target at […]

  • 20 February 2015

    Rear Adm. Sandy L. Daniels will relieve Rear Adm. Matthew J. Carter as Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Group/Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Group Pacific in a change of command ceremony Feb. 20 at the command’s headquarters at Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads. Daniels served as Reserve Deputy Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, since October 2014. She will […]

  • 1 April 2014
    Industry news

    Nearly 30 years after she was commissioned in 1984, U.S. Navy Cmdr. Pete Ehlers, commanding officer of USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG 49), decommissioned the ship on March 28, at a Naval Station Mayport ceremony.   Lt. Gen. Joseph L. Votel, commander, Joint Special Operations Command, was the guest speaker; Commodore, Destroyer Squadron 14, Capt. […]

  • 26 August 2014
    Authorities, Research & Development

    Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 46 held a change of command ceremony Aug. 14 at Naval Station Mayport.   Cmdr. Grahame Dicks relieved Cmdr. Michael Weaver as the squadron’s commanding officer. Originally established in 1988 as Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 46, today HSM 46 trains and supports combat ready detachments of pilots, aircrew and […]