Continuing the Pentagon’s penchant for UAV investment in the face of continuing resolutions and sequestration, the U.S. Navy announced the purchase of six more Northrop Grumman MQ-8C Fire Scouts. The MQ-8C is the extended-endurance version of the Fire Scout UAV, based on the Bell 407 helicopter rather than the smaller Schweizer 333 airframe used for the original Fire Scout. The 8C is being developed to meet special warfare requirements for more endurance and payload. The Navy is ...


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