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The Fire Scout VTUAV Program: By Land and By Sea (updated)

26-Dec-2007 14:56 | Permanent Link
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MQ-8B Fire Scout
MQ-8B Fire Scout
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The USA's RQ/MQ-8 Fire Scout Unmanned Aerial Vehicle has had a colorful history. The program was begun with promise by the US Navy, canceled, adopted by the US Army, and finally revived by the Navy as well. A competition in 2008-2010 may even see it used by the US Marines. The MQ-8B Fire Scout is currently linked with two major new defense programs: the Future Combat Systems program and the USA's new Littoral Combat Ships (LCS).

Fire Scout-related awards to Northrop Grumman and Raytheon have been quite varied. DID lists them, along with budgetary figures from official DoD documents, and also explains the Fire Scout's history and capabilities. The latest developments include a minor contract, and interesting transportability demonstration, and program updates and budget updates for FY 2008 and beyond….

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