The US MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter has completed the first Initial Operational test and Evaluation.
The next-gen UAS manufactured by Northrop Grumman performed several machine scenarios aboard Coronado off the coast of southern California, LT. Caroline Zotti of the Littoral Combat Ship Squadron 1 said in a statement last week.
USS Coronado (LCS 4) began underway operational testing of the Navy's newest unmanned helicopter on June 15 this year.
The operations are a continuation of MQ-8C operational testing that began in April. This next phase is testing the MQ-8C's ability to operate concurrently with other airborne assets and littoral combat ships. The enhanced capability will provide commanders an improved and integrated intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance picture.
During Coronado’s 2016-2017 deployment to the Western Pacific, the ship successfully used MQ-8B Fire Scout as an organic sensor to strike a target beyond visual range using a Harpoon surface-to-surface missile.
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VR-Technologies design bureau, part of Russian Helicopters, has begun bench tests of the main systems and assemblies of VRT300 unmanned helicopter. The flight tests are scheduled to begin by the end of 2018
Leonardos SW-4 Solo optionally piloted helicopter successfully completed its maiden flight without a safety pilot onboard at Taranto-Grottaglie Airport in Italy. Tests included remote engine start up and shut down with ground run, automatic take-off and landing, hovering OGE (Out of Ground Effect) and acceleration to forward flight, automatic way point navigation to and from the area of operation and simulation of a surveillance mission
Russian Helicopters holding is ground testing a new helicopter at the Saratov Design Bureau of Industrial Automation (KBPA), which is expected to undergo first flight tests soon, the press service of the Rostec state corporation said Wednesday. According to the press release, the new helicopter will be able to carry up to 150 kilograms of working load, develop speed up to 150 kilometers per hour and operate flights lasting up to four hours
The Aviation Industries Corporation of China (AVIC) has marked the first big sales order for its AV500 helicopter UAV dubbed as copycat of the US-made Fire-scout UAV. A preliminary sales contract for 10 AV500 helicopter UAVs has been signed with the Wuhan Aviation Industry UAV Service (WAIUS) during the China Heli-Expo at Tianjin on October 10, AVIC announced on Monday
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