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Northrop Grumman - MQ-8B Fire Scout Vertical Unmanned Aircraft System (VUAS)

Northrop Grumman : 02 December, 2008  (New Product)
Northrop Grumman Corporation has demonstrated continuous combined payload coverage on its MQ-8B Fire Scout Vertical Unmanned Aircraft System (VUAS).
The Fire Scout successfully downlinked simultaneous digital video from both a Telephonics RDR-1700B multi-mode maritime radar and a FLIR Systems, Inc. Star SAFIRE(r) III electro-optical/infrared sensor using its tactical common data link developed by Cubic Defense Applications. The multi-sensor Star SAFIRE(r) III provides domestic and international customers a state-of-the-art capability for meeting real-time video requirements for electro-optical and infrared imagery.

The demonstration was part of an on-going internal research and
development effort to reduce risk and solidify requirements for Fire
Scout's multiple radar integration programs. The successful 40-minute
flight, using a company-owned air vehicle and ground control station,
took place Nov. 18 at the Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz. test center.

'Warfighters demand and deserve precise situational awareness
to detect and identify threats and other targets of interest through
the use of multiple payloads simultaneously working together,' said
Doug Fronius, tactical unmanned systems director for Northrop Grumman's
Integrated Systems sector. 'Fire Scout has demonstrated its ability to
provide those capabilities to U.S. and international military and law
enforcement agencies.'

Fire Scout's adaptable open architecture was designed, tested
and integrated in the laboratories of Northrop Grumman's Unmanned
Systems Development Center in San Diego. The flight was commanded from
a Northrop Grumman designed ground control station using tactical
control system software produced by Raytheon Intelligence and
Information Systems in Falls Church, Va.

Northrop Grumman's MQ-8B Fire Scout will provide unprecedented
situational awareness and precision targeting support for future
military and law enforcement agencies. Fire Scout can find tactical
targets, track and designate targets, accurately provide targeting data
to strike platforms and perform battle damage assessment. With vehicle
endurance greater than eight hours, Fire Scout will be capable of
continuous operations providing coverage 110 nautical miles from any
launch site.
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