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MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned air vehicles (FIRE SCOUT)

The Fire Scout Vertical Take-Off and Landing Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (VTUAV) system is comprised of ground control stations, up to three MQ-8B Fire Scout air vehicles, and associated control handling and support equipment. The VTUAV system is designed to operate from air-capable ships with initial deployment on the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) and provides a significant improvement to organic surveillance capability. With vehicle endurance greater than eight hours, a VTUAV system will be capable of twelve continuous hours of operations providing coverage 110 nautical miles from the launch site. The air vehicle is capable of providing UHF/VHF voice communications relay and has a baseline payload that includes electro-optical/infrared sensors and a laser designator that enables the system to find tactical targets, track and designate targets, accurately provide targeting data to strike platforms and perform battle damage assessment.
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: Production
Point Of Contact
Naval Air Systems Command
PEO(U&W) Public Affairs Officer
47123 Buse Rd, Bldg. 2272, Suite 246
Patuxent River, Md. 20670-1547
(301) 757-9703
General Characteristics
Builder: Northrop Grumman
Length: 31.5 ft
Speed: Cruise Speed: 80 kts; Max Speed: 85 kts
Last Update: 23 February 2017