The Northrop Grumman MQ-8C Fire Scout it looks like a perfectly normal helicopter. But is missing one key thing: the pilot. Actually is the greatest remote-control helicopter.
The unmanned systems architecture developed and matured for the MQ-8B is used in a Bell 407 helicopter to support a special operations requirement for a ship-based unmanned system. Northrop Grumman is the only provider capable of meeting the Navy’s needs by mid-2014.
The US Navy awarded Northrop Grumman a $71 million contract to procure 6 MQ-8C Fire-X variants, which is based on a Bell 407 helicopter.
George Vardoulakis, from Northrop Grumman’s Aerospace Systems, said:
“This contract provides significant momentum for the work Northrop Grumman and its supply chain partners are doing to meet the Navy’s requirements.”
“The craft combines the best of two proven air systems in a low-cost, fast-fielding package.”
source Northrop Grumman