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MQ-8C Tested at Sea

Photo: Northrop Grumman personnel conduct ground turns and telemetry tests of MQ-8C BuNo 168455 aboard the littoral combat ship USS Montgomery (LCS 8) while moored at Naval Base San Diego, California, on March 27. US Navy/MC3 Zachary Eshleman


The US Navy’s unmanned Northrop Grumman MQ-8C Fire Scout completed dynamic interface testing aboard the littoral combat ship USS Montgomery (LCS 8). The tests, on April 11, verified the MQ-8C launch and recovery procedures and the interoperability between the unmanned helicopter and the ship. Additionally, the testing was used to determine the flight envelopes to safely execute MQ-8C operations from Independence-class ships under a variety of pitch, roll and wind limits.

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