Ford Assembly election results 2017

US drone completes sea-based test flight

New York: The US Navy successfully flew its new unmanned helicopter MQ-8C Fire Scout system for the first time from the guided missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham off the Virginia coast recently.After more than a
us drone completes sea based test flight - India...
IANS December 27, 2014 14:02 IST

New York: The US Navy successfully flew its new unmanned helicopter MQ-8C Fire Scout system for the first time from the guided missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham off the Virginia coast recently.

After more than a year of land-based testing, the MQ-8C Fire Scout grew its sea legs, making 22 takeoffs and 22 precision landings as Navy pilots controlled the helicopter from the ship's ground control station.

READ MORE: US drone kills six militants in northwest Pakistan

"The MQ-8C Fire Scout's flights from the USS Dunham represent a significant Navy milestone," said Jeff Dodge, the US Navy's Fire Scout programme manager.

"This is the first sea-based flight of the MQ-8C and the first time an unmanned helicopter has operated from a destroyer," Dodge added.

The Navy conducted the tests to assess how well the drone could land on a ship moving at varying speeds and to measure its capabilities in different wind conditions.

"The extended capabilities will offer the Navy a dynamic, multipurpose unmanned helicopter with increased endurance," Dodge said.

 

You May Like

   
 

More from world