Evening minions, I'm off to Phoenix, Arizona, in the morning to cover my first civilian story. There will be flying involved--I'll report back if anything interesting should happen...
In the meantime here is a link to my MQ-8C story- or just read the Cliff's Notes version below.
Northrop Grumman is porting over the guts of its MQ-8B
Firescout unmanned helicopter to a Bell 407 airframe--creating the MQ-8C. The US
Navy awarded the contract $262.3 million today to buy two developmental
airframes and six production examples for its special operations forces. The
Bell machine is about twice the size of the Schweizer 333 on which the MQ-8B is
This Fire-X prototype, which evolved into the MQ-8C, started off life as a prototype for the ill-fated US Army ARH-70 Arapaho armed aerial scout helicopter.
Second time lucky I guess.