Northrop Grumman Corporation conducted a design review
of its MQ-8B
Fire Scout unmanned aerial
vehicle (UAV) for the U.S. Navy. The review
moves the program closer to full-scale production and delivery of the
vertical takeoff and landing UAV to the Navy.
The review brought together the Northrop Grumman Fire Scout
team, the Navy and U.S. Army program teams, Navy representatives for
Littoral Combat Ship integration and members of the Army's Future
Combat System program. Both services have been closely involved in the
design to maximize commonality across the Fire Scout platforms.
The technical review process covered every aspect of the UAV to
ensure it meets all current and future requirements. Specifically, the
review included air-vehicle design, avionics and payload architecture,
communications and data links, ship- and land-based launch and recovery
and the ability to integrate future payloads onto the aircraft.