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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 RQ-8A Fire Scout also includes a HMMWV-mounted ground control station for use by the USMC and the the Tactical Control Station (TCS) developed for US Navy ships. It provides coverage 110nm from launch site providing ISR (Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance) and targeting through its Electro-Optical and IR sensors and a laser designator.
The Fire Scout will also act as a communications node within the network centric warfare battle space supporting other platforms. It is powered by a single Rolls Royce 250-C20W engine and features a 3-blade main rotor that could be replaced by a 4-blade rotor extending Fire Scout range, payload and flight endurance.
The Fire Scout will replace the Pioneer UAV. In the future, the valuable Fire Scout will provide accurate targeting to warships equipped with Extended Range Guided Projectiles (ERGM) and land attack missiles. For this reason the US Army and the US Navy are testing the Fire Scout under the MQ-8 designation.
In 2005 the RQ-8 program was restructured with the RQ-8A aircraft deemed as the test version of more capable MQ-8B which was scheduled to be the first full operational model deployed with the Armed Forces of the United States.
RQ-8 Fire Scout Orders
RQ-8A Fire Scout
RQ-8 Fire Scout items 2012-2014 Chart includes MQ-8C Fire Scout (19)
RQ-8A Fire Scout Specifications
Main Rotor Blades: 3
Number of Engines: 1
Height: 2.87 meter
Length: 6.95 meter
Ceiling: 6,100 meter (20,013 foot)
Max Range: 204 kilometer
Top Speed at High Altitude: 65 mps (234 kph)
Flight Endurance: 6 hour (360 minute)
Max Takeoff Weight: 1,157 kilogram
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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RQ-8A Fire Scout News
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11 Aug 2003 and 29 Mar 2006
Wednesday, March 29, 2006Fire Scout Demonstrates Network-Centric CapabilitiesWednesday, January 18, 2006Fire Scout Completes First Autonomous Ship LandingsWednesday, August 17, 2005US Navy Fire Scout Turns into Weaponized UAVTuesday, August 9, 2005US Army Hunter MQ-5B First FlightMonday, July 25, 2005RQ-8 Fire Scout Unmanned Rotorcraft Successfully Fires RocketsThursday, May 27, 2004Lockheed-Martin and General Dynamics Awarded LCS ContractsTuesday, January 27, 2004Fire Scout UAV Joins Future Combat SystemsMonday, August 11, 2003Synthetic Aperture Radar Successfully Integrated on the Fire Scout
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