UAV Drones: MQ-8 Fire Scout Unmanned Helicopter Drone getting prepped and flying over Afghanistan

UAV Drones: MQ-8 Fire Scout Unmanned Helicopter Drone getting prepped and flying over Afghanistan

UAV Drones In Action: MQ-8 Fire Scout Unmanned Helicopter Drone getting prepped and flying over Afghanistan

UAV Drone: MQ-8 Fire Scout Unmanned Helicopter Drone getting prepped and flying over Afghanistan

The Northrop Grumman MQ-8 Fire Scout is an unmanned autonomous helicopter developed by Northrop Grumman for use by the United States Armed Forces. The Fire Scout is designed to provide reconnaissance, situational awareness, and precision targeting support for ground, air and sea forces.

This video shows the MQ-8 Fire Scout in action. Being loaded and unloaded from a C5 Galaxy cargo plane, taking off, and flying over Afghanistan.

With vehicle endurance greater than eight hours, the Fire Scout can take off from anywhere with little assistance even in rough environment like the deserts of Afghanistan.

Jalopnik says,”The Fire Scout, in the form of the MQ-8B is quietly evolving into the modular flying “swiss army knife” of the American Navy. Surveillance, search and rescue, attack, and eventually anti-submarine warfare and material conveyance will become a function of pointing and clicking a mouse instead of “flying by the seat of your pants.” Once fielded in mass, these unmanned systems will allow for the most diminutive of naval vessels to possess the ability to reach far over the horizon and deliver a deadly or life saving payload without putting an operator at risk.”

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