NAVAIR

Mission

The MQ-8 Fire Scout system is designed to provide reconnaissance, situational awareness, and precision targeting support for ground, air and sea forces.  The system is comprised of one or more MQ-8 Fire Scout air vehicles (MQ-8B or MQ-8C), mission control systems, and associated control handling and support equipment. The system can operate from any suitably equipped air-capable ships or land bases.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MQ-8B Fire Scout

Fire Scout

The MQ-8B equipped systems have deployed from Guided Missile Frigates (FFG) and Littoral Combat Ships (LCS). With vehicle endurance greater than five hours, a system equipped with three MQ-8B air vehicles is capable of twelve continuous hours of operations providing coverage 110 nautical miles from the launch site

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MQ-8C Fire Scout

MQ-8C arrives at Naval Base Ventura County at Point Mugu, Calif.

The MQ-8C equipped system has a range of 150 nautical miles and a payload capacity of more than 700 pounds. Systems equipped with the MQ-8C will begin deployments in 2018.

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