Northrop Grumman’s MQ-8C extended-endurance Fire Scout unmanned aircraft, based on the Bell 407 light commercial helicopter, made its first flights Oct. 31 at NAS Point Mugu, Calif. The aircraft flew twice to validate the autonomous control systems. Both flights, the first lasting 7 min., involved flying a pattern around the airfield, with the unmanned aircraft reaching an altitude of 500 ft. The MQ-8C has twice the endurance and three times the payload of the MQ-8B, which is ...


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