The Independence-variant littoral combat ship (LCS 8) USS Montgomery has used the distinctive uncrewed aerial vehicle, referred to as the MQ-8B Fire Scout, throughout a live-fire exercise on January 12.
Montgomery is on a rotational deployment to USINDOPACOM, completing missions, trainings and port visits all through the region and dealing hull-to-hull with associates and partner navies to provide maritime security and stability, crucial columns of a free and open Indo-Pacific.
During a recent training, Sailors assigned to the Independence-variant LCS USS Montgomery performed flight operation of MQ-8B Navy Fire Scout of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 23 (HSC 23).
The Fire Scout is the Navy’s only uncrewed plane to operate on land and at sea.
The Fire Scout is a vertical lift-off and landing UAV able to carrying out surveillance, monitoring, and focusing on missions.
The Navy has integrated a multi-mode maritime radar on MQ-8B and examined an onboard weapons functionality, the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS).
The MQ-8B Fire Scout has demonstrated the flexibility to function concurrently with other crewed planes while working at sea.
The MQ-8B will be able to deploy Hellfire laser-guided missiles or two packs of four 70mm (2.75in) Hydra rockets or advanced precision kill weapon system laser-guided rockets or two Northrop Grumman Viper Strike precision munitions.
Viper Strike (VS) comes with a global positioning system (GPS) steerage and a semi-active laser seeker.