This month, the U.S. Navy received first upgraded UAV MQ-8C Fire Scout, manufactured by Northrop Grumman, reports now ASDNews. The device will be used for ground and flight tests.
Larger UAV flight duration will allow a quarter to reduce the burden on operators, says vice president of tactical systems of medium-range Verdulakis George (George Vardoulakis).
Upcoming tests will be carried out in order to merit the operational readiness of the upgraded drone. In the first step before the first flight of the UAV will perform testing through the on-board systems and receive commands from a ground control station. C version uses proven software, avionics, naval station control equipment and accessories available on the MQ-8B.
Upgraded MQ-8C has overcharge range, twice extended duration flight payload weight tripled compared with the MQ-8B.
Currently, the UAV MQ-8B is used by the Navy frigates and Afghanistan, where it provides intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance in the interests of maritime and land commanders. First operational deployment of MQ-8C Fire Scout is scheduled for 2014.