The U.S. Navy recently conducted the first simultaneous flights of an unmanned MQ-8B Fire Scout and a MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter off the first Littoral Combat ship, the USS Freedom. While debate continues to swirl around the hull development for LCS, the Navy remains focused on proving out the fleet’s mission module package concepts, for which simultaneous manned and unmanned aircraft operations are a key element. The recent tests by the Navy and mission module contractor Northrop ...


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