The Fire Scout Vertical Takeoff and Landing Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (VTUAV) system provides unprecedented situational awareness and precision targeting support for the U.S. Navy of the future. With the ability to autonomously take off and land from any aviation-capable warship and at unprepared landing zones, the system includes advanced Control Stations that encompass the U.S. Navy’s Tactical Control System (TCS), Tactical Common Data Link (TCDL), and robust communications.
The Northrop Grumman Technical Services team is responsible for maintenance, operation and sustainment of the Fire Scout while supporting the U.S. Navy’s intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) mission. The Fire Scout provides real-time ISR information that assists commanders in making more informed decisions on area operations.
Utilizing a payload that includes electro-optical/infrared sensor with laser rangefinder/illuminator and a maritime radar, the Fire Scout can find and identify tactical targets, track and illuminate targets, accurately provide targeting data to strike platforms and perform battle damage assessment.