Mine-hunting MQ-8C

A modiied US Navy Northrop Grumman MQ-8C Fire Scout has demonstrated its mine-hunting capability, working in conjunction with an unmanned surface craft and an unmanned submersible. The demonstration took place of Newport, Rhode Island, as part of the Advanced Naval Technology Exercise on August 29–31, Northrop Grumman announced on September 19. The MQ-8C, a modiied Bell 407 helicopter with Fire Scout onboard systems, was lown with a safety pilot on board to provide situational awareness and communications relay functions for the other platforms. It also dropped sonobuoys.

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In addition to the mine-huting demo, Northrop Grumman has started lighttesting the first MQ-8C to be built at its Moss Point facility. Northrop Grumman