MQ-8B Fire Scout

Last updated: 21 Feb 2019

The MQ-8B equipped systems have deployed from Guided Missile Frigates (FFG) and Littoral Combat Ships (LCS). With vehicle endurance greater than five hours, a system equipped with three MQ-8B air vehicles is capable of 12 continuous hours of operations providing coverage 110 nautical miles from the launch site.


VIDEO | 05:51 | MQ-8 Firescout takes part in VBSS training with USS Freedom (LCS 1)


The MQ-8 provides day and night real-time ISR target acquisition, using the Brite Star II turret electro-optical/infrared/laser designator-range finder payload and maritime search radar, along with other modular mission specific payloads for voice communications relay and battlefield management support to the tactical commander.
Program Status
ACAT: ACAT 1C Program
Production Phase: Sustainment
General Characteristics
Builder: Northrop Grumman
Length: 31.5 feet
Speed: Cruise Speed: 80 kts; Max Speed: 85 kts
Last Update: 21 February 2019

Point of Contact
Naval Air Systems Command

47123 Buse Rd 
Bldg. 2272, Suite 246
Patuxent River, MD 20670-1547

PEO (U&W) Public Affairs Officer
(301) 757-9703

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