MQ-8B helicopter hit US warship and crashed overboard
WASHINGTON, (BM) – An uncrewed helicopter, MQ-8B Fire Scout (Scout), launched from the deck of the US coastal warship Charleston (LCS-18) after the flight failed to land and hit the side of the ship. The incident, which took place in the Pacific Ocean in the area of responsibility of the Third Fleet of the US Navy, was reported by American journalists. The incident occurred on April 27 this year, according to a press release issued by U.S. Pacific Fleet.
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As a result of the accident, an unmanned helicopter crashed overboard. According to experts, the drone suffered severe damage when it failed to land on the ship’s deck and could not be repaired.
In addition, experts believe that the seawater has damaged the power supply systems and disrupted the operation of the central units and UAV units. However, the command of the US Navy is exploring the possibilities that will help extract the drone from the water.
No USS Charleston (LCS-18) crew members were reported injured during the incident. The ship suffered minor damage, reports Free News. A spokesman for the US Navy’s Third Fleet said the Charleston LCS-18 was continuing operations in the western Pacific.
More about the MQ-8 Fire Scout helicopter
MQ-8 Fire Scout is an uncrewed helicopter developed and manufactured by the American company Northrop Grumman. His first flight was in 2009 when he conducted a series of test flights. The United States is the only customer of the MQ-8 Fire Scout, and the US Navy currently uses 28 in the whole operation. Initially, the White House decided to order 168 pcs of this unmanned helicopter model but then reduced the order to 96 pcs.
The MQ-8 Fire Scout is a naval reconnaissance drone. In addition to the survey, this helicopter is armed and can carry out both airstrikes and seriously assist ground and naval forces.
The helicopter weighs nearly 270 kg, is 7.3 meters long, and has a wingspan of 8.4 meters. Its maximum takeoff weight is 1430 kg and is powering by a Rolls-Royce 250 engine with 420 horsepower. MQ-8 Fire Scout develops up to 213 km / h, flies at a maximum altitude of 6100 meters, and can stay in the air for up to 5 hours.
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