Monday, December 5, 2022

U.S. Navy unmanned helicopter crashed at Point Mugu naval base

An MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicle assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 23 crashed during a routine training flight at Naval Base Ventura County Point Mugu on 14 August, base officials said.

The MQ-8B Fire Scout – a drone helicopter – was in flight around 12:21 p.m. when one of its main rotors clipped a building at the air station. The crash caused superficial damage to the building and no injuries were reported, according to a news release from Naval Base Ventura County.

The Fire Scout is the Navy’s only unmanned aircraft to operate on land and at sea. The Fire Scout is a vertical take-off and landing UAV capable of carrying out surveillance, tracking and targeting missions.


The Navy has integrated a multi-mode maritime radar on MQ-8B and tested an onboard weapons capability, the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS). The MQ-8B Fire Scout has also demonstrated the ability to operate concurrently with other manned aircraft while operating at sea.

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