Navy awards contract for 28 Fire Scouts

Aircraft is an endurance upgrade

Northrop Grumman has won a contract to supply the Navy with 28 MQ-8C Fire Scout rapid deployment capability (RDC) vertical-takeoff-and-landing unmanned aircraft, writes Graham Warwick of Aviation Week.

The Fire Scout is an endurance upgrade and will be built by "using the larger Bell 407 helicopter airframe to increase endurance and payload," Warwick adds.

Because of an impending operational requirement, probably concerning special ops, the aircraft will be put into theater by the first quarter of 2014, the article said.

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