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MQ-8B Fire Scout

 
Description
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.
 
Features
 
Background
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
 
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 feet
Speed: Cruise Speed: 80 kts; Max Speed: 85 kts
 
Last Update: 21 February 2019