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US Navy MQ-8C Fire Scout completes first EABO exercise

US Navy MQ-8C Fire Scout completes first EABO exercise
CARIBBEAN SEA (Jan. 29, 2022) — Aviation Electronics Technician 1st Class Nathan Thomas and Aviation Electrician’s Mate 2nd Class Tristan Persky, assigned to the “Sea Knights” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22, Detachment 5, prepare an MQ-8C Fire Scout for takeoff on the flight deck of the Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS Milwaukee (LCS 5).
Milwaukee is deployed to the U.S. 4th Fleet area of operations to support Joint Interagency Task Force South’s mission, which includes counter-illicit drug trafficking missions in the Caribbean and Eastern Pacific.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Danielle Baker.

SAN DIEGO – Aug. 17, 2022 – U.S. Navy’s autonomous, runway-independent helicopter system Northrop Grumman MQ-8C Fire Scout successfully completed the Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations (EABO) concept, providing persistent intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and targeting (ISR&T) capabilities.

Fire Scout is the Navy’s only unmanned helicopter with the ability to deploy from a ship or land with ISR&T at the extended range required for future warfighting,” said Capt. Dennis Monagle, U.S. Navy. “The system is vital in expeditionary use for situational awareness and critical decision-making.”

MQ-8C Fire Scout was launched from the Vertical Take-Off and Landing Tactical Unmanned Air Vehicle Maintenance Detachment at Naval Base Ventura County in Point Mugu, California, simulating a ship-based departure. The Navy conducted a control system hand-off of the MQ-8C Fire Scout from Point Mugu to San Clemente Island, California, demonstrating the ship-to-shore transition capability of the platform in a maritime expeditionary environment.

With the Navy’s Portable Mission Control Station (MCS-P), the system was recovered and redeployed rapidly for operational flexibility. The portable MCS-P ground control station helps MQ-8C Fire Scout basing in austere locations on land, helipad operations in an advanced forward location, and logistics support from ship flight decks. With identical ship-based hardware, screen configuration and software, operations remain consistent across all ship classes.

US Navy MQ-8C Fire Scout completes first EABO exercise
PACIFIC OCEAN (April. 17, 2022) – An MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter assigned to the “Wildcards” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23 hovers over the flight deck of Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Montgomery (LCS 8).
U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. Samuel Hardgrove.

“We are supporting MQ-8C deployments on littoral combat ships while assisting the Navy with Fire Scout mission expansion efforts to include operations from other surface ships and shore-based sites,” said Lance Eischeid, director, Fire Scout program, Northrop Grumman. “This EABO demonstration further proves the flexible utility of MQ-8C Fire Scout for expeditionary use from land and across multiple ship classes.”

Fire Scout continues Northrop Grumman’s 70-year heritage of designing, building, delivering and sustaining the world’s most capable unmanned aircraft system (UAS).

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