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MQ-8B Fire Scout

Last updated: 28 Sep 2021


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.
General Characteristics
Builder: Northrop Grumman
Length: 31.5 feet
Speed: cruise speed: 80 kts; max speed: 85 kts
Service Ceiling: 12,500 ft
Std. Day Max Endurance (w/300 lb payload): 5.5 hrs
Program Status
ACAT: ACAT 1C Program
Production Phase: Sustainment

Point of Contact
Naval Air Systems Command
Program Executive Office for Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons [PEO (U&W)]

Naval Air Station

Patuxent River, Maryland 20670-1547

(240) 925-5305


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