From conducting the first-ever cooperative operations with a manned helicopter aboard USS Freedom (LCS 1)in the Pacific Ocean to flying with a new, maritime search radar over the Chesapeake Bay, Fire Scout operations are underway in multiple locations across the U.S. and overseas
Since 2009, the MQ-8 Fire Scout has flown more than 11,000 operational hours, primarily in the Mediterranean, Afghanistan and Horn of Africa regions, providing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support to operational forces.
With the new, larger MQ-8C air vehicle in development and test, the unmanned helicopter’s range, endurance and payload capacity will be greater than its predecessor.
Sailors are testing and training with the two MQ-8 systems in preparation for upcoming deployments. The MQ-8B air vehicle will continue to support guided missile frigate deployments and will get underway with USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) in the fall.
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