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Fire Scout unmanned helicopter finishes first flight tests from LCS

Fire Scout unmanned helicopter finishes first flight tests from LCS

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July 9 (UPI) -- A MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter finished its Initial Operational Test and Evaluation from the littoral combat ship USS Coronado, U.S. Navy officials said. The crew of the Coronado and Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 1, or VX-1, conducted combat simulations to evaluate the Fire Scout on target identification, intelligence and surface warfare, the results of which will help the Navy decide how best to use the rotorcraft. "The results, lessons learned, and recommendations reported on following this underway test period are absolutely invaluable to the future of the MQ-8C Fire Scout's mission effectiveness and suitability to perform that mission," Lt. Cmdr. Seth Ervin, the lead for the VX-1 unit on Coronado, said in a press release. The VX-1 is the test unit for the F...
Bell tapped for services to support MQ-8 Fire Scout

Bell tapped for services to support MQ-8 Fire Scout

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March 19 (UPI) -- Bell Helicopter has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Navy for three Bell 407 variant commercial airframes in support of the MQ-8 Fire Scout unmanned aerial system.The deal, announced Friday by the Department of Defense, is valued at more than $ 9.8 million under the terms of an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract.The agreement between Naval Air Systems Command and Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. enables the company to provide up to three Bell 407 variant commercial airframes and associated Bell 407 unique components, the Pentagon said.Additionally, the contract will provide for preservation and storage of the MQ-8 Fire Scout, a Northrop Grumman-manufactured unmanned autonomous helicopter used for reconnaissance, aerial fire support and other naval missions.W...
Pittsburgh Steelers demote disgruntled Martavis Bryant to scout team

Pittsburgh Steelers demote disgruntled Martavis Bryant to scout team

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Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant was demoted to the scout team on Wednesday and is expected to be inactive for Sunday night's game against the Detroit Lions. The 25-year-old Bryant told reporters Wednesday he is not playing Sunday. When asked why, Bryant said, "Social media." Bryant told reporters after Wednesday's practice he is frustrated. "I'm not going to hide how I feel," Bryant said. "What happened has happened. "If I'm not traded I'm going to work my butt off here, and whatever happens happens. You're not going to hear me complaining no more. I'm just going to be quiet and let everything fall into place." Bryant was targeted twice and caught one pass for 3 yards during last Sunday's 29-14 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. After the game on social media Sunday night, ...