The U.S. Navy’s MQ-8C Fireplace Scout not too long ago supported an Expeditionary Superior Base Operations (EABO) train off the coast of California, demonstrating its functionality to transition from ship-to-shore in a maritime surroundings. The MQ-8C Fireplace Scout participated within the Resolute Hunter train June 21-July 1, flying a complete of 23 hours and proving the unmanned helicopter’s expeditionary use from land and throughout a number of ship lessons. Resolute Hunter is a joint and coalition massive drive train targeted on coaching personnel on battle administration, command and management and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

“Fireplace Scout is the Navy’s solely unmanned helicopter with the power to deploy from a ship or land with ISR&T on the prolonged vary required for future warfighting. The system is important in expeditionary use for situational consciousness and important decision-making,” stated Capt. Dennis Monagle, Fireplace Scout program supervisor.


The MQ-8C Fireplace Scout unmanned helicopter conducts a flight throughout Train Resolute Hunter off the coast of California. (Photograph by U.S. Navy)

Through the train, Helicopter Sea Fight Squadron (HSC) 23 efficiently launched MQ-8C Fireplace Scout from Level Mugu and accomplished a hand-off to the detachment’s Transportable Mission Management Station (MCS-P) at San Clemente Island. The moveable MCS-P floor management station helps Fireplace Scout basing in austere areas on land, helipad operations in a complicated ahead location, and logistics assist from ship flight decks. With the versatile MCS-P, Fireplace Scout has the power to land on one other ship or an expeditionary shore web site the place a runway shouldn’t be possible. Fireplace Scout is at present deployed aboard USS Jackson (LCS-6) within the Indo-Pacific area.

The Northrop Grumman MQ-8 Fireplace Scout is an unmanned autonomous helicopter developed by Northrop Grumman to be used by america Armed Forces. The Fireplace Scout is designed to offer reconnaissance, situational consciousness, aerial hearth assist and precision concentrating on assist for floor, air and sea forces. The preliminary RQ-8A model was based mostly on the Schweizer 330, whereas the improved MQ-8B was derived from the Schweizer 333. The bigger MQ-8C Fireplace Scout variant relies on the Bell 407. The MQ-8B incorporates a four-blade primary rotor, in distinction to the larger-diameter three-blade rotor of the RQ-8A, to cut back noise and enhance elevate capability and efficiency.

The U.S. Navy's MQ-8C Fire Scout demonstrated Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations (EABO) concept during Exercise Resolute Hunter in from Naval Base Ventura County Point Mugu in California.
The U.S. Navy’s MQ-8C Fireplace Scout demonstrated Expeditionary Superior Base Operations (EABO) idea throughout Train Resolute Hunter in from Naval Base Ventura County Level Mugu in California.(Photograph by U.S. Navy)