Navy Tests Mean Green Killing Machine


Navy Tests Mean Green Killing Machine
The U.S. Navy recently announced that it had successfully flown the first unmanned biofuel flight of a MQ-8B Fire Scout Vertical Take-Off and Landing Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle at its base near Patuxent River, Md.

The Fire Scout is manufactured by Northrop Grumman and is fueled by a combination of JP-5 aviation fuel and plant-based camelina. The biofuel blend reduces carbon dioxide output by 75 percent when compared to conventional aviation fuel. Camelina, grown principally in Montana, appears to be the military’s aviation biofuel of choice. Camelina blends have been tested by the Air Force in F-22 Raptors while the Navy has used blends in seven different aircraft, including the high-profile Blue Angels flight demonstration squadron.

The Fire Scout, an imposing, futuristic, unmanned craft, provides the Navy with critical situational awareness, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and targeting data to the forward-deployed warfighter. The aircraft can reach speeds of 115 knots, can remain airborne for up to eight hours and has a ceiling of 20,000 feet. It is capable of carrying Hellfire missiles, Viper Strike laser-guided glide weapons and the “Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS),” a laser-guided 70 millimeter folding-fin rocket, which the military sees as ideal for the modern battlefield.

The Army is interested in using the Fire Scout to carry up to 200 pounds of emergency supplies to troops in the field. The Fire Scout is designed to operate from all air capable ships and is currently providing support during its first-land based deployment in U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, which covers the central area of the globe and consists of 20 countries – Afghanistan, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan and Yemen.

The Navy plans to deploy a Great Green Fleet by 2016. The Great Green Fleet will consist of an aircraft carrier and all of its escorts, also known as a Carrier battle group, powered entirely by non-fossil fuels. The Air Force is also planning on using 50 percent biofuels in its aircraft by 2016.

Region:  USA and Canada
Contry:  USA
Category:  AUV
Company:  Northrop Grumman

USA Northrop Grumman UAV
Name:  Fire Scout (MQ-8B)   Region:  USA and Canada    Country:  USA    Category:  UAV    Company:  Northrop Grumman   
Fire Scout (MQ-8B)

Use(s): provides situational awareness and precision targeting support Manufacturer: Northrop Grumman Corp, USA Users: US Navy and US Army Powerplant: Rolls-Royce 250-C20W, 420shp heavy fuel JP-4, 5 or 8 Dimensions: length: 9.2m (with blades folded forward), height: 2.9m, rotor diameter 8,4 Weight: MTOW: 1,428.8kg, max payload: 600lb Performance: speed: 115+kt, endurance: 8+hrs (total flight time with baseline payload), ceiling: 20,000ft, mission radius: 150nm Payload: FUR Systems Brite Star II EO camera/ IR camera/laser designator and targeting system, ARC-210 UHF/VHF/SINGCARS radios, Coastal Battlefield Mine and Reconnaissance System (COBRA) mine detector Data Link: TCDL Guidance/Tracking: Kearfott navigation system Launch: VTOL Recovery: VTOL Electrical Power: 120/208V AC, three-phase 50/60Hz GCS: US Navy: Tactical Control System integrated into Littoral Combat Ship or standalone capability; US Army: Brigade Combat Team Modernisation (BCTM) Designed Universal GCS or One System Status: US Navy: in LRIP, US Army: in development

VR-64 transports Fire Scout UAV

VR-64 transports Fire Scout UAV
The MQ-8B is a remote piloted helicopter capable of shipboard launch and recovery. The aircraft will see action supporting naval operations throughout the theater, providing reconnaissance and situational awareness.

Navy Arms Its First Unmanned Vehicle -- Fire Scout

Navy Arms Its First Unmanned Vehicle -- Fire Scout
The Navy will place arming its fleet of Fire Scout drones with a modified Hydra rocket, heralding a new era in unmanned combat for the service.An armed Fire Scout will dramatically cut the Navy's kill chain, or time it takes to identify, track and eventually sink an enemy target.

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