Northrop Grumman builds 10 unmanned helicopters for US Navy

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has committed to build 10 additional MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopters for the US Navy, the company said.

The helicopters will help meet the US Navy´s need for persistent persistent, real-time intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR).

The additional build will bring the total number of MQ-8C Fire Scout air vehicles procured to 29, extending the range and endurance of naval operations.

The MQ-8C Fire Scout airframe is based on the Bell 407, a helicopter with more than 1,600 airframes produced and over 4.4 million flight hours. Modifications to the MQ-8C´s airframes are carried out at the Bell Helicopter facility in Ozark, Alabama, while final assembly is performed in Moss Point, Mississippi.

Northrop Grumman is a global security company providing systems, products and solutions in autonomous systems, cyber, C4ISR, strike, and logistics and modernization to customers worldwide.