Overview: The Fire Scout (MQ-8) is an unmanned, robotic helicopter being developed for use by the military for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. The initial version, RQ-8A, led to the enhanced version the RQ-8B. It was selected for use in the Army's Future Combat Systems. Due to its multi-role capability, it was renamed the MQ-8B. And armed version is also being developed.
Contractor: Northrop Grumman, Los Angeles, CA (NYSE: NOC)
Corridor work: Final assembly of the Fire Scout is done at the Northrop Grumman Unmanned Systems Center in Moss Point, MS. Flight testing will also be conducted in South Mississippi.
Overall length: 22.87 ft in Overall height: 9.42 ft in Main rotor diameter: 27 ft 6 in