Grumman, US Navy upgrade MQ-8B Fire Scout with multimode maritime surveillance
Northrop Grumman Corporation and the U.S. Navy demonstrated a new multimode
maritime surveillance radar on the MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter
that will drastically enhance long-range imaging and search capabilities
for Navy commanders.
The MQ-8 Fire Scout prepares to land after its first flight with a new
maritime surface search radar June 16 at Webster Field Annex, Md. This
upgrade will increase the situational awareness and threat warning in
a high-traffic littoral environment. Fire Scout's deployment with the
new radar is planned for 2015. (Photo Courtesy of U.S. Navy)
Warfighters will now have the latest in radar technology
to pair with their current electro-optical infrared payload. Integrating
this new radar system will provide the MQ-8B Fire Scout with essential
operational capabilities in all tactical environments and will improve
how it addresses threats in real-world scenarios.
"Fire Scout is pushing the limits of unmanned helicopters by
continuing to add enhanced capabilities to its already advanced payload,"
said George Vardoulakis, vice president, medium range tactical systems,
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. "This modernized radar complements
Fire Scout's other sensors and systems to provide the Navy with increased
visibility far beyond the horizon, while collecting vital imaging
for maritime operations."
Northrop Grumman modified a Telephonics Corporation AN/ZPY-4 multi-mode
maritime surveillance radar system used for manned aircraft, so it
could be used on the unmanned MQ-8B Fire Scout.