A maritime radar has joined the MQ-8 Fire Scout's exisitng sensor array. (KELLY SCHINDLER / Kelly Schindler/Northrop Grumman)
The MQ-8B Fire Scout has flown with a new multimode maritime radar.
The unmanned helicopter flew with a Telephonics Corporation AN/ZPY-4 multi-mode maritime surveillance radar system used for manned aircraft, according to a Northrop Grumman news release. The radar will enable the Fire Scout to conduct long-range searches.
The radar joins the Fire Scout's current electro-optical infrared sensors. "Fire Scout is pushing the limits of unmanned helicopters by continuing to add enhanced capabilities to its already advanced payload," said George Vardoulakis, vice president of medium range tactical systems at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. "This modernized radar complements Fire Scout's other sensors and systems to provide the Navy with increased visibility far beyond the horizon, while collecting vital imaging for maritime operations."
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