Northrop Grumman Expects To Deploy MQ-8C Fire Scout UAV In 2020 Written 13 December 2017

Inside Defense reports that Northrop Grumman officials expect the MQ-8C Fire Scout UAV to reach initial operating capability (IOC) and see its first deployment in 2020. In a December 11 email, Navy spokeswoman Jamie Cosgrove “confirmed the radar is expected to reach IOC in 2020.” Northrop Grumman Fire Scout Program Director Melissa Packwood said the company will perform “lab integration and software testing for the radar in the middle of 2018,” while completing “physical integration of the radar into the MQ-8C” later in 2018.
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