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Northrop Grumman's MQ-8B Fire Scout Unmanned Helicopter Passes 5,000 Flight Hours Supporting Operations In Afghanistan

In the news release, Northrop Grumman's MQ-8B Fire Scout Unmanned Helicopter Passes 5,000 Flight Hours Supporting Operations in Afghanistan, issued 13-Aug-2013 by Northrop Grumman Corporation over PR Newswire, we are advised by the company that the fourth paragraph, third sentence, should read "5,084 hours" rather than "5,084 flights" as originally issued inadvertently. The complete, corrected release follows:

Northrop Grumman's MQ-8B Fire Scout Unmanned Helicopter Passes 5,000 Flight Hours Supporting Operations in Afghanistan

Lessons learned and system maturity have benefited current deployments and ongoing development efforts

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC)-built MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter surpassed 5,000 flight hours while providing critical surveillance capabilities to field commanders in Afghanistan.

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Since deploying to Afghanistan in 2011, the MQ-8 Fire Scout system has provided real-time airborne surveillance and targeting supporting counter improvised explosive devices (IEDs), provided targeting support and delivered real-time video to military forces on the ground.

"Fire Scout's versatility makes it an ideal intelligence-gathering asset for military units on the front line, both on land and at sea," said Capt. Patrick Smith, program manager, Naval Air Systems Command. "This is a great accomplishment for the entire team and we have leveraged many lessons learned while we develop a more capable Fire Scout system."

Northrop Grumman is the prime contractor on the Navy's Fire Scout program. In 2011, the Navy contracted with Northrop Grumman to support Fire Scout deployment to Afghanistan and provide local commanders with real-time intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capability. In the 28 months of deployment, the Navy-Northrop Grumman team provided 5,084 hours of support to U.S. and allied forces.

Additionally, Northrop Grumman is under contract to the Navy to build the first eight of 30 planned Endurance Upgrade Fire Scouts. Those aircraft, which have been designated the MQ-8C, will have twice the endurance, three times the payload capability, and will be ready for operation next year.

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