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MQ-8C Fire Scout  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 3 December 2014
Maiden Flight: 31 October 2013
Total Production: 38
Unitary Cost: USD$33 million
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Bell Textron, Cubic Corporation, GE Aviation, Honeywell, Northrop Grumman*, Rolls-Royce, Sierra Nevada Corporation and Summit Aviation   (*) lead contractor
Parent System: RQ-8 Fire Scout
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 3 December 2014
Total Production: 38
Family Members: MQ-8B Fire Scout and RQ-8A Fire Scout
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Description: The Fire Scout VTUAV is a vertical take-off and landing tactical unmanned aerial vehicle designed to provide unprecedented situation awareness and precision targeting for the US Navy and the USMC. The Fire Scout UAV has the ability to takeoff and land on any helicopter capable ship such as frigates and aircraft carriers as well as any place in the battlefield area supporting the USMC forces.

The MQ-8C Fire Scout is an upgraded variant of the MQ-8 unmanned rotorcraft combining the Bell 407 helicopter airframe and the MQ-8B unmanned system architecture. The Fire Scout endurance upgrade, designated the MQ-8C, provides greater endurance, range and payload capacity in support of intelligence-gathering missions. The new variant is a product derived from the Fire-X technological demonstrator. Northrop Grumman is the prime contractor for the MQ-8C program with Bell Helicopter supplying the Bell 407 airframe and Rolls-Royce the Model 250 turboshaft engine. On April 23, 2012, the US Navy awarded Northrop Grumman a $262 million contract for eight MQ-8C aircraft. The US Navy plans call for the procurement of 28 rotorcrafts. As of December 2014, the procurement program scope increased to 70 aircraft. The US Navy final procurement program is for 38 aircraft to be delivered by 2021.

MQ-8C Fire Scout Applications

Fighting Ships DDG 1000 Zumwalt FFG(X) LCS 2 Flight II LCS Independence

MQ-8C Fire Scout Specifications

Main Rotor Blades: 4
Number of Engines: 1
Tail Rotor Blades: 2
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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MQ-8C Fire Scout News

There are 17 news between
24 Apr 2012 and 8 May 2020
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Friday, May 8, 2020US Navy MQ-8C to Be Equipped with AN/ZPY-8 Radar
Monday, July 16, 2018Leonardo Delivers 40 Osprey Radars to Eight Customers
Tuesday, April 11, 2017US Navy's MQ-8C Fire Scout Completes Successful First Flight from Littoral Combat Ship
Monday, October 17, 2016US Navy Selects Osprey Radar for MQ-8C Fire Scout Unmanned Helicopter
Friday, September 9, 2016US Navy Orders 10 Additional MQ-8C Fire Scout Unmanned Rotorcraft
Tuesday, January 5, 2016Northrop Grumman to Demonstrate Tern Naval ISR and Strike Drone for US Navy
Tuesday, December 1, 2015US Navy MQ-8C Fire Scout Concludes Operational Assessment
Tuesday, August 25, 2015US Navy MQ-8C Fire Scout Demonstrates Flight Endurance of More Than Ten Hours
Tuesday, December 23, 2014MQ-8C Fire Scout Unmanned Rotorcraft Takes First Flight on US Navy's Destroyer
Wednesday, December 3, 2014First Operational MQ-8C Fire Scout Handed Over to the US Navy

Operators & Related Equipment

United States of America38
May 202032

Grand Total 381
Propulsion Systems
Model 250-C20Wx1
Sensor Systems
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