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USS Montgomery makes use of distinctive unmanned aerial automobile throughout live-fire train

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The Independence-variant littoral fight ship USS Montgomery (LCS 8) has used the distinctive unmanned aerial automobile, known as the MQ-8B Fireplace Scout, throughout a live-fire train, Jan. 12, 2020.

Montgomery is on a rotational deployment to USINDOPACOM, conducting operations, workout routines and port visits all through the area and dealing hull-to-hull with allied and companion navies to supply maritime safety and stability, key pillars of a free and open Indo-Pacific.

Throughout current train, Sailors assigned to the Independence-variant littoral fight ship USS Montgomery carried out flight operation of MQ-8B Navy Fireplace Scout of Helicopter Sea Fight Squadron 23 (HSC 23).

The Fireplace Scout is the Navy’s solely unmanned plane to function on land and at sea. The Fireplace Scout is a vertical take-off and touchdown UAV able to finishing up surveillance, monitoring and concentrating on missions.

The Navy has built-in a multi-mode maritime radar on MQ-8B and examined an onboard weapons functionality, the Superior Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS). The MQ-8B Fireplace Scout has additionally demonstrated the flexibility to function concurrently with different manned plane whereas working at sea.

The MQ-8B will likely be able to deploying Hellfire laser-guided missiles or two packs of 4 70mm (2.75in) Hydra rockets or superior precision kill weapon system laser-guided rockets or two Northrop Grumman Viper Strike precision munitions. Viper Strike has world positioning system (GPS) steering and a semi-active laser seeker.

Lt. Cmdr. Nicholas Haubrich, assigned to Helicopter Sea Fight Squadron (HSC) 23, inspects the engine of an MQ-8B Navy Fireplace Scout on the flight deck of the Independence-variant littoral fight ship USS Montgomery (LCS 8), Jan. 12, 2020. Picture by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chris Roys
Sailors observe as an MQ-8B Navy Fireplace Scout hovers over the flight deck of the Independence-variant littoral fight ship USS Montgomery (LCS 8), Jan. 12, 2020. U.S. Navy picture by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chris Roys