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Northrop-Built Unmanned Helicopter Completes Initial Operational Test Aboard Navy LCS

A U.S. Navy aviation unit has conducted an initial operational test and evaluation of an MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter produced by Northrop Grumman. Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 assessed Fire Scout’s intelligence gathering, target identification and surface warfare functions through simulated engagements onboard USS Coronado, the U.S. Pacific Fleet said Friday. The IOT&E activity …

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Airbus-Naval Group Consortium Picked for French Unmanned Helicopter Demonstrator Program

A consortium of Airbus Group‘s helicopters business and French defense contractor Naval Group has received a contract from France’s defense procurement agency to help develop an unmanned helicopter demonstrator. Airbus said Thursday the team will conduct a study to determine potential technologies for the French military’s future Navy Airborne Drone System, …

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Raytheon Helps Install UAV Mission-Control Tech Aboard Navy Littoral Combat Ship

Raytheon and the U.S. Navy have installed a mission control system for Northrop Grumman-built unmanned helicopter MQ-8 Fire Scout on a naval ship designed for littoral missions. The Navy combined its control hardware with control software developed by Raytheon to produce the command-and-control system of Fire Scout aboard the USS Coronado, Raytheon said Wednesday. USS …

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Northrop Unmanned Helicopter With Cubic Data Link System Completes Operational Assessment

Northrop Grumman-built unmanned helicopters have integrated a Cubic-produced data link system in a U.S. Navy operational assessment. The MQ-8C Fire Scout helicopters featured the Wide Band Line of Sight data link system, which works to provide ISR, target acquisition, laser designation and battle management functions, Cubic said Tuesday. Cubic also provides Miniature Multiband Transceivers for the Fire …

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Navy, Northrop Complete Fire Scout Operational Tests

Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy concluded a series of operational assessments on a company-built MQ-8C Fire Scout autonomous helicopter last month. The company said Tuesday its MQ-8C recorded 83.4 flight hours and collected about 72 data points in real time during OA flight test performed by the Navy’s Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX-1) over a …

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George Vardoulakis: Northrop, Yamaha Add Unmanned ISR Helicopter to ‘Bat’ Family

Northrop Grumman worked with Yamaha Motor to develop an unmanned helicopter system for activities such as powerline inspections, wildfire monitoring and search-and-rescue flights. The Rotary Bat drone features a Yamaha-made airframe, an autonomous controller and technology designed to gather intelligence, Northrop said Thursday. “The R-Bat joins our existing Bat family of …

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