The second Northrup Grumman MQ-8C Fire Scout introduced into the test fleet will be used this spring for electromagnetic interference (EMI) testing, to ensure the unmanned rotorcraft can operate in the signal-rich U.S. Navy ship environment. The first MQ-8C conducted its initial flight Oct. 31, and it has flown 41 sorties culminating in 67 flight hours to date, says George Vardoulakis, vice president for medium-range tactical systems at Fire Scout prime contractor Northrop Grumman. The ...

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