US Navy To Equip MQ-8C Fire Scout With Leonardo-Finmeccanica’s Osprey Radar

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US Navy To Equip MQ-8C Fire Scout With Leonardo-Finmeccanica’s Osprey Radar
Northrop Grumman MQ8 Fire Scout

US Navy will be equipping its newly-upgraded unmanned helicopter MQ-8C Fire Scout with Leonardo-Finmeccanica’s Osprey electronically scanned radar, helping expand crews’ surveillance capabilities aboard US combat ships.

The helicopter will be launched from the decks of US naval combat vessels to keep watch for distant threats. Under the contract, Leonardo is delivering an initial batch of 5 radars to the US Navy’s procurement organization, the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), for testing and evaluation work, the company announced today.

NAVAIR then has an option to buy a larger quantity of the radars for use in real operations. Leonardo has already built a number of Osprey radars so the primary task under this contract is integration with the MQ-8C Fire Scout in time for first production deliveries.

Using its electronic beam technology to scan from high in the sky, crews back on-board will be able to spot even those threats who think they are hiding safely beyond the range of standard ship-based sensors.

Employing high-frequency radio waves to ‘see’, an Osprey-equipped MQ-8C Fire Scout can detect targets at extremely long ranges, at night and even in stormy weather conditions when visibility is extremely poor.

The radar’s flat-panel technology also means it can be installed within the mould line of the helicopter rather than having to use an under slung belly-pod.

The MQ-8C Fire Scout is expected in future to be fully integrated with both variants of the US Navy’s littoral combat ship and be used extensively on operations.

The US Navy has chosen the 2-panel version of the Osprey which will provide a 240 degree instantaneous field of view and a range of digital modes including weather detection, air-to-air targeting and a ground moving target indicator (GMTI).

The lack of moving parts inherent in the ‘E-Scan’ design means that repair and support costs are vastly reduced compared to alternative radar options. Osprey also provides an open architecture, meaning the US Navy can insert new software independently.

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