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MQ-8B Fire Scout VTOL TUAV

Country of Origin: USA


The MQ-8B was an enhanced version of the developmental RQ-8A Fire Scout (see "Variants," below). Based on the Schweitzer 333 helicopter, it featured a four-blade main rotor for improved payload performance, allowing for the addition of a synthetic aperture radar and an infrared/electro-optical sensor. The fourth rotor blade increased fuel capacity while other enhancements increased the MQ-8Bs useful load by 600 lb (270 kg) compared to its predecessor. Endurance was extended to...

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