U.S. Navy, Northrop Grumman Demonstrate First Manned-Unmanned Intel Sharing
a recent U.S. Navy and Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC) exercise, a Fire
Scout unmanned helicopter successfully sent sensor data to the cockpit
display of a MH-60 helicopter. The demonstration, which took place Oct.
25 near Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md., paves the way for improving
the speed at which field commanders can make informed decisions during
Until now, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance data gathered
by Fire Scout has been sent to its host ship for further dissemination.
During the demonstration, crew members aboard a nearby U.S. Coast Guard
boat also viewed Fire Scout's sensor data in real time using a remote
Northrop Grumman Fire Scout VTOL UAV during sea trials with US Navy
(picture: Northrop Grumman)
The capability also improves Fire Scout's communications
relay function by allowing multiple units to share real-time information
to coordinate actions without delay.
Fire Scout features a modular architecture that accommodates a variety
of electro-optical, infrared and communications payloads. These payloads
provide ground- and ship-based commanders with high levels of situational
awareness and precision targeting support.
The system's ability to operate from all air-capable ships makes it
particularly well suited for supporting littoral missions such as drug
interdiction, search and rescue, antipiracy operations, reconnaissance
and port security.
Source: Northrop Grumman Corp.