US Navy’s HSC-22 receives first MQ-8C Fire Scout

US Navy’s HSC-22 receives first MQ-8C Fire Scout

by Pat Host

The US Navy’s (USN) Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22 on 15 September received its first Northrop Grumman MQ-8C Fire Scout rotary-wing medium-altitude unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) aboard Naval Station Norfolk, according to a service statement.

The arrival of the MQ-8C makes HSC-22 the first East Coast squadron to operate all three of these systems: the Sikorsky MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter, the MQ-8B Fire Scout, and the MQ-8C, the USN said on 18 September. The MQ-8C combines the capability of the MQ-8B with the MH-60S to improve the USN’s ability to investigate and target hostile surface contacts.

USN spokesperson Commander Jennifer Cragg said on 23 September that HSC-22 will eventually take delivery of five MQ-8C aircraft during the next 18 months. The navy, she said, will retain the MQ-8Bs and MQ-8Cs at assigned Helicopter Sea Combat Squadrons. Cmdr Cragg said the MQ-8Bs will be modified to perform an airborne mine countermeasures mission.

Commander Matthew Wright, HSC-22 commanding officer, was quoted by the USN as saying that the MQ-8C ‘Charlie’ is larger, faster, can carry more mission equipment, and can remain airborne more than twice as long as the MQ-8B. Cmdr Cragg said that the MQ-8C provides a 30% increase in top airspeed over the MQ-8B. Additionally, she said, the MQ-8C provides three-times the payload capacity of the B-model.

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