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Unmanned helicopter takes first flight from Coast Guard ship http://b4in.org/jCwA

Northrop Grumman and its partners, the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Navy, have demonstrated just how flexible the MQ-8B Unmanned Helicopter can be.

 In a joint operation the MQ-8B Fire Scout flew for the first time from the national security cutter (NSC), USCGC Bertholf (WMSL-750), on December 5th off the coast of Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu. MQ-8B is currently operational with the Navy and deployed on frigates and littoral combat ships. So far, the MQ-8B system has completed more than 14,000 flight hours and 5,300 sorties.

The MQ-8B was controlled and operated from a Fire Scout control station located on board the Bertholf by both Navy pilots and Coast Guard personnel. Pictures of the flight have been posted online.

Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Dan Broadhurst, UAS platform manager, said that “Unmanned Aerial Systems have the potential to significantly increase the surveillance range and capability of our Coast Guard cutters, and this demonstration will help to inform the service on the best way to proceed forward with the acquisition of the right unmanned capability in the future.”

George Vardoulakis, vice president for medium range tactical systems, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems added “The MQ-8B Fire Scout is the Navy’s combat-proven unmanned helicopter, and can provide the same persistent maritime surveillance capabilities for the Coast Guard. I’m confident that we’ll demonstrate increased NSC effectiveness while lowering the Coast Guard’s operational costs.”

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide.

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