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US Navy Test-Flies Fire Scout Helicopter Off Littoral Combat Ship

© AP Photo / Northrop GrummanThe MQ-8C Fire Scout sits on the deck of the guided-missile destroyer, USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) (File)
The MQ-8C Fire Scout sits on the deck of the guided-missile destroyer, USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) (File) - Sputnik International
Northrop Grumman's MQ-8C Fire Scout chopper has been successfully operated from a littoral combat ship in a first test of a kind conducted by the US military.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The US Navy has successfully operated an MQ-8C Fire Scout helicopter from a littoral combat ship (LCS) for the first time, Northrop Grumman announced in a news release on Wednesday.

"Northrop Grumman Corporation’s autonomous helicopter, MQ-8C Fire Scout, took to the air for the first time from a US Navy Independence-class Littoral Combat ship, USS Montgomery (LCS-8)," the release stated.

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The flight took place off the coast of California during the second phase of Dynamic Interface testing, Northrop Grumman said in the release.

The two week at-sea event allowed the US Navy to test the helicopter’s airworthiness and ability to land and take off from a littoral combat ship throughout a broad operational envelope, Northrop Grumman explained.

With the completion of Dynamic Interface testing, the MQ-8C Fire Scout must go through its Initial Operational Test and Evaluation prior to full operational deployment, Northrop Grumman added.

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