• An MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned aircraft system from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 35 performs ground turns aboard the littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3). Credit: US Navy by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Conor Minto
    An MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned aircraft system from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 35 performs ground turns aboard the littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3). Credit: US Navy by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Conor Minto
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A US Navy Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron has made history on September 14, using a Fire Scout UAS as laser designator platform for a MH-60S Seahawk helicopter to fire a AGM-114N Hellfire missile.

The test was undertaken off the Californian Point Mugu weapons range against a dynamic target which moved at approximately 10-15 knots. The Fire Scout detected target location and was transmitted to the MH-60S for targeting. Once all target requirements were met, the Fire Scout lased the target while the MH-60S moved forward and into position for the running missile shot.

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