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Helicopter-drone MQ-8B "Fire Scouts" grounded

Washington, USA - Two accidents brought the decision to suspend flights

It seems Northrop Grumman has closed its MQ-8B "Fire Scout" programme (a drone-helicopter capable of land surveillance and strike). Those UAVs are on an "Operational pause" for the indefinite future since two of them crashed respectively on 30 March and 6 April, as reported by press agencies today April 10, 2012. The first crash occurred off the coast of West Africa on-board the Perry class frigate...

AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency - 1139479

AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency