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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian10 Jul 2019 3:34 p.m. PST

The Navy declared its MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter mission capable and ready to deploy aboard Littoral Combat Ships…


Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP10 Jul 2019 6:29 p.m. PST

Good to know.

I suspect it just might come in handy, and actually see some action, sooner rather than later, at least on exercises/deployments.

Lion in the Stars10 Jul 2019 7:33 p.m. PST

Am I the only person who thinks it's ironic that the US Navy is using what amount to unmanned OH58D Kiowas when the Army has stopped flying them?

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian10 Jul 2019 9:57 p.m. PST

I remain skeptical about these drones being secure from hacking.

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP10 Jul 2019 10:55 p.m. PST

Gotta start somewhere.

I doubt the Army is willing to give/loan AH-64 Apaches for this sort of thing, though that would be another great option.

Don't think they have Osprey gunships/missile-ships yet either, but supposedly some have come up with designs for armed attack craft.

Hacking should be difficult to very difficult, if done right, but not impossible, I suspect.

Lion in the Stars11 Jul 2019 1:59 p.m. PST

The Navy wouldn't want Apaches, they're not salt-water-proof.

SeaCobras, however…

I wonder if the Navy is rigging the Fire Scouts to carry and drop a Mk46/50/54 ASW torpedo? They do have (barely) enough payload to be able to carry one.

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP12 Jul 2019 10:25 p.m. PST

Seems like a very logical choice to me, especially since "gunship" models are probably fairly unlikely, especially with the latest events in the SCS, and with the incessant bleatings over Taiwan and Hong Kong.

Might as well add that to the recon, and SSM laser-designating/targeting roles.

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