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MQ-8C Fire Scout  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 3 December 2014
Maiden Flight: 31 October 2013
Total Production: 70
Unitary Cost: USD$33 million
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Bell Helicopter, Cubic Corporation, General Electric Aviation, Honeywell, Northrop Grumman*, Rolls-Royce, Sierra Nevada Corporation and Summit Aviation   (*) lead contractor
Parent System: RQ-8 Fire Scout
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2008
Total Production: 70
Family Members: MQ-8B Fire Scout and RQ-8A Fire Scout
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Description: 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.

MQ-8C Fire Scout Applications

Destroyers & Cruisers DDG 1000 Zumwalt

RQ-8 Fire Scout Orders

MQ-8C Fire Scout

RQ-8 Fire Scout items 2012-2014

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MQ-8C Fire Scout Specifications

Main Rotor Blades: 4
Number of Engines: 1
Tail Rotor Blades: 2
CEP: Circular Error Probable
Meters (m)   Kilometers (km)   Nautic Miles (nm)   Inch (in)   Yard (yd)   Foot (ft)   Millimeter (mm)
Pound (lb)   Kilogram (kg)   kN (KiloNewton)   Ton (t)
Meters per Second (mps)   Kilometers per Hour (kph)   Knot (kt)   Miles per Hour (mph)
Liter (l)   Galon (gl)
Year (yr)   Minutes (min)   Second (sec)
Shaft-Horse-Power (shp)

MQ-8C Fire Scout News

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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
Monday, May 5, 2014MQ-8C Fire Scout to Undergo Electromagnetic Interference Tests
Wednesday, April 2, 2014US Navy Places Order for Five Additional MQ-8C VTUAV
Thursday, October 31, 2013US Navy MQ-8C Fire Scout Completes First Flight
Friday, July 19, 2013First MQ-8C Fire Scout Unmanned Aircraft Delivered to US Navy
Tuesday, March 12, 2013US Navy Orders Six Additional MQ-8C Fire Scout Unmanned Aircraft

Operators & Related Equipment


Grand Total 701
Aircraft Warners & Sensors
Helicopter Turboshaft Engines
Model 250-C20Wx1

MQ-8C Fire Scout Links & Resources

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