Navy to deploy Fire Scouts to Afghanistan

Unmanned helicopters offer additional surveillance capabilities

The Navy is deploying its robotic helicopters to support ground troops in Afghanistan, reports Christopher Cavas at Defense News.

The service plans to ship three MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicles, two ground stations and support hardware. Developed for shipboard use and capable of staying aloft for eight hours, the Fire Scouts will provide coalition forces with full-motion video surveillance.

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