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With the completion of Dynamic Interface testing, the MQ-8C Fire Scout is one step closer to Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) and full operational deployment.


MQ-8C Fire Scout Completes Successful 1st Flight from LCS


Northrop Grumman Corporation’s autonomous helicopter, MQ- 8C Fire Scout, took to the air for the first time from U.S. Navy independence-class Littoral Combat ship USS Montgomery (LCS-8). The flight took place off the coast of California during the second phase of Dynamic Interface testing, once again demonstrating Fire Scout’s stability and safety while operating around the ship.


The 2-week at-sea event allowed the U.S. Navy to test the MQ-8C Fire Scout’s airworthiness and ability to land and take off from a littoral combat ship throughout a broad operational envelope. The MQ-8C Fire Scout conducted its initial at-sea flight test aboard the guided missile destroyer, USS Jason Dunham (DDG-108) in December 2015.


“Fire Scout’s successful testing aboard USS Montgomery and USS Dunham proves its capability to fly from multiple air capable ships,” said Capt. Jeff Dodge, program manager of Fire Scout, Naval Air Systems Command. “We plan to have the MQ-8C Fire Scout deployed aboard multiple ships in the near future giving the fleet the persistent intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and targeting asset they need.”


They also estimate that commercial UAS operators will increase, growing from 42,000 in 2016 to 442,000 in 2021.


ALEA Announces Public Safety Drone EXPO 2017 October 16-19 in New Orleans


Public Safety Drone EXPO 2017 brings together public safety industry leaders, educators, decision-makers and end-users to share the latest in UAS technology, applications, and education.


This inaugural event, produced by the Airborne Law Enforcement Association, will be held in at the New Orleans DoubleTree Hotel, October 16-19. The public safety drone industry is expanding at a rapid pace. A recent study identified at least 347 state and local police, sheriff, fire and emergency units across 43 states that have acquired drones, the majority in the last year, with local law enforcement leading the way. The FAA recently estimated that “the fleet of small hobbyists UAS will more than triple” by 2021, increasing from 1.1 million vehicles in 2016 to 3.5 million.


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Public Safety Drone EXPO 2017 provides a platform to showcase the industry’s latest technology for law enforcement, fire and search and rescue. Public Safety Drone EXPO 2017 will offer a combination of interactive public safety specific UAS courses, classes and general sessions. Attendees will learn from top experts and public safety operators offering their insights into best practices, fundamentals and integration. The Expo Hall will be teaming with industry service providers, manufacturers, advocates and thought leaders who bring together cutting-edge technology and applications.


Specific, targeted conference class tracks will focus on: • Law Enforcement •


Fire


• Search & Rescue •


Special Presentations & Features


In-depth conference courses will include: •


Public Safety UAS Operations


• Remote Pilot Training • UAS Safety Management Systems


“Fire Scout’s autonomous technology coupled with the range and endurance of the MQ-8C airframe is truly a game-changer,” said


Leslie Smith, vice president of Tactical Autonomous


Systems at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. “When the MQ-8C deploys with its advanced AESA maritime radar, the U.S. Navy will have unmatched situational awareness and the ability to provide sea control in any contested maritime environment.”


The MQ-8C Fire Scout builds on the ongoing accomplishments of the MQ-8B Fire Scout program. Helicopter Squadron 23 is currently operating onboard the deployed littoral combat ship, USS Coronado (LCS 4), with two MQ-8B Fire Scouts in the South China Sea.


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