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07-12-2019 04:37 PM  5 days ago
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Mark Ryder

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US Navy's next-gen helicopter drone is ready for service
It took a few years, but the US Navy's beefier Fire Scout helicopter drone is finally ready for action... more or less. The military branch has declared that Northrop Grumman's MQ-8C has reached "initial operational capability," or the minimum state it needs to enter service. The new, Bell 407-based variant is considerably larger than its 8B predecessor, but it's also more capable. The 8C can last roughly twice as long in the air at 12 hours on station, and carry roughly three times the payload -- 701lbs, to be exact. It also packs new radar with a larger field of view and more modes, including air-to-air targeting.
http://www.engadget.com/2019/07/09/...re-scout-drone/

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07-13-2019 02:54 PM  4 days ago
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North...Q-8C_Fire_Scout

Have I been seeing press releases for this helicopter/drone for some time now?
"Well, nothing bad can happen now."
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07-13-2019 05:24 PM  4 days ago
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I heard it has a VBar in it.
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