Meet The New US Navy Helicopter Drone 0

The military branch has declared that Northrop Grumman’s MQ-8C Fire Scout has reached “initial operational capability,” or the minimum state it needs to enter service.

The UAV is based on the commercial Bell 407 airframe, albeit with seats and other manned avionics equipment stripped out and replaced with remote controls and extra fuel tanks.

“The MQ-8C will be equipped with an upgraded radar that allows for a larger field of view and a range of digital modes including weather detection, air-to-air targeting and a ground moving target indicator,” according to the statement. “It will deploy with [Littoral Combat Ship] in fiscal year 2021 while the MQ-8B conducts operations aboard LCS in 5th and 7th Fleets.”

The Navy late last month declared initial operational capability for the MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter, the service announced today.

More of them planned

Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) designers at Northrop Grumman Corp. will build five long-range unmanned helicopters for operation from destroyers and other surface warships under terms of a $55.1 million U.S. Navy contract. The UAV helos includes two lightweight fuel cells. The manned version of the Bell 407 seats seven, can carry a useful load of 2,347 pounds, flies as fast as 140 knots, and has a range of 324 nautical miles.

As noted by the USN, the MQ-8C has flown more than 1,500 hours with in excess of 700 sorties to date. Over the next few years, Northrop Grumman will continue MQ-8C production deliveries to the Navy to complete a total of 38 aircraft.


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Best Drone Videos: July 2019 0

It’s that time again. We scour through drone videos every day, looking for the most helpful, the funniest, all around awesome…or horrible and in the end, the most interesting. Here are our top 5 for July 2019 in no particular order

New FAA Rules Explained

YouTube Drone Evangelist, Ken Heron discusses and explains the details of the new FAA drone rules for enthusiasts. Comical, light and easy to understand.

Hong Kong Protests From Above

Many of the citizens of Hong Kong are protesting against a proposed extradition bill. How many? A lot.

Canary Island Cinema

Cinematic beauty above Fuerteventura

Drones Celebrate Independence

The 4th of July fireworks show at the end is great – but the Drone pre-show should have been the finale.

Bosnia and Croatia Roadtrip

Mixture of drone and pro cam footage of the prettiest parts of Bosnia and Croatia. For some reason, it makes us miss Game of Thrones.






Flying Into The Fireworks 0

Fireworks may never look the same after you’ve seen them up close, thanks to drone videos like this.


Using a custom made racing drone, the Drone Racing League gives us an inside view of the explosions and a wonderful light show.

Ryan Gury — DRL’s Director of Product stated

“Racing drones are extremely resilient so pilots are more willing to take risks that you can’t do with more expensive equipment, I knew if my drone got hit with a mortar and came down I’d be able to pick it up and repair it quickly. That’s what makes racing drones a bullet-proof way to capture high-velocity media.”

“Racing drones are made to crash, because when pilots are flying through a course they often hit the ground or the wall,” Gury told Inverse in 2018. “Racing drones are super durable, made with thick carbon plates and are able to withstand a ton of impact and in this case projectiles from fireworks.”

Gury’s drone was hit by fireworks multiple times during his stunt flight, but besides being disoriented a few times he says the drone didn’t sustain any notable damage.