Navy to reconfigure 8 Fire Scouts bought from Army

Military service wants unmanned helos in the air by 2013

It appears that the Navy cannot get enough of the beloved Fire Scout unmanned helicopter -- quite literally -- and is having to order more from the Army, reports DODBuzz.com.

The branch is purchasing eight more of the choppers that will be converted to “Navy configuration” through a new $42 million contract.

The Navy hopes to have the birds ready for basic flight by 2013, though they could be upgraded at some point in the future with weapons systems.

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