MQ-8C Fire Scout to be equipped with Leonardo-Finmeccanica’s AESA radar

ROME. U.S. Navy officials selected Leonardo-Finmeccanica’s Osprey active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar to be equipped on the unmanned helicopter, the MQ-8C Fire Scout for testing and evaluation.

Under , Leonardo will deliver an initial batch of five radars to Naval Air Systems Command () representatives. At which point, NAVAIR officials will then have the option to buy a larger quantity of the radars for use in real operations.

Officials explain, the two-panel version of the Osprey will provide a 240-degree field of view and a range of digital modes including weather detection, air-to-air targeting, and a ground moving target indicator (GMTI).

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