Navy to arm Fire Scout with laser-guided weapons system

The Navy’s Fire Scout unmanned helicopter has conducted a wide variety of reconnaissance missions around the globe, and now the service plans to arm it with a 70mm laser-guided rocket system to engage hostile targets in future clashes.

Northrop Grumman officials said Nov. 8 they have begun outfitting the Navy’s MQ-8B Fire Scout with the precision weapons system and plan to deliver an operational version of the system by March 2013.

The Naval Air Systems Command awarded a contract to Northrop Grumman in September to develop the equipment needed to control the Fire Scout’s weapons system.

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