New drones of the American Navy

The MQ-8C Fire Scout UAS is the latest weapon of the American Navy, which has just undergone extensive testing. It is an unmanned aerial vehicle designed specifically for naval missions, which features a vertical launch and landing capability.

Drones used by the US military, usually take off from airports or are fired from special catapults. However, the Navy tests a completely new model MQ-8C Fire Scout UAS, which can take off and landing like a regular helicopter.

The MQ-8C is a newer, larger and more refined version of the MQ-8B Fire Scout, which can also land and take off vertically and is designed to operate in the Pacific. The machine made its maiden flight in the fall of 2013 and although it is still testing before entering service, the Navy has already ordered 17 copies of these unmanned.

New drones have greater reach and payload and can stay in the air for up to 10 hours. The unmanned carrier can carry about 330 kg of cargo with its maximum range of 150 nautical miles. The machine weighs a total of 1500 kg and can reach a ceiling of 6000 m. It is powered by a single Rolls-Royce engine.

The drive is based on the modified version of the commercial Bell 407 helicopter, and most avionics have been borrowed from the MQ-8B. The machine is equipped with FLIR’s BRITE Star II IR-based infrared light sensor, which illuminates the target targets for missiles, and uses it to measure distances.

Posted by Carmen Coleman