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Thursday, 13 February 2014 13:47
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Naval Defense Industry News - USA
 
 
 
Second Northrop Grumman MQ-8C Fire Scout VTOL UAV takes flight
 
The second MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter conducts its first test flight Feb. 12 from Naval Base Ventura County at Point Mugu, Calif. The first aircraft completed its initial flight in October 2013 and has flown 66 hours to date. The MQ-8C air vehicle upgrade will provide longer endurance, range and greater payload capability than the MQ-8B, which is currently deployed aboard USS Elrod (FFG 55) in the Mediterranean.
     
The second MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter conducts its first test flight Feb. 12 from Naval Base Ventura County at Point Mugu, Calif.  The first aircraft completed its initial flight in October 2013 and has flown 66 hours to date. The MQ-8C air vehicle upgrade will provide longer endurance, range and greater payload capability than the MQ-8B, which is currently deployed aboard USS Elrod (FFG 55) in the Mediterranean.
The second MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter takes flight
NAVAIR photo courtesy of Northrop Grumman
     
The Northrop Grumman-built MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter completed its first flight Oct. 31 from Naval Base Ventura County Point Mugu, Calif. The flight validated the autonomous control systems of the aircraft. The MQ-8C provides the U.S Navy with increased endurance, range, and payload capacity.

The MQ-8C Fire Scout is the Navy's newest unmanned helicopter that can fly twice as long and carry three times more intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance payloads than the existing variant.
 
Second Northrop Grumman MQ-8C Fire Scout VTOL UAV takes flight
 
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According to China Daily, China's aviation industry is working on the development of aircraft with short takeoff and vertical landing capabilities needed for an important role in the Chinese navy's future operations, military experts said. "Research and development on components of STOVL aircraft, such as the engine, have started," Wang Ya'nan, deputy editor-in-chief of Aerospace Knowledge magazine, told China Daily. China's aviation industry is working on the development of STOVL naval jet needed for an important role in the Chinese navy's future operations.
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