Northrop Grumman, US Navy fly unmanned helicopter aboard Littoral combat ship

12 June 2014

Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE: NOC) and the US Navy said they successfully flew the unmanned MQ-8B Fire Scout simultaneously with the MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter for the first time.

The capability demonstrates how a mix of aircraft can increase a ship commander´s intelligence-gathering capabilities aboard the Littoral combat ship.

“Utilizing the Fire Scout in operational maritime scenarios with manned aircraft will prove to be a unique asset to our fleet,” said Capt. Patrick Smith, Fire Scout program manager. “The sensors of the Fire Scout are providing complimentary situational awareness and precision targeting support for the MH-60R Sea Hawk and Littoral combat ships.”

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide. Visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.

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