DESCRIPTION: Northrop Grumman MQ-8B Fire Scout

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The Northrop Grumman MQ-8 Fire Scout is an unmanned autonomous helicopter developed by Northrop Grumman for use by the United States Armed Forces. The Fire Scout is designed to provide reconnaissance, situational awareness, aerial fire support and precision targeting support for ground, air and sea forces. The initial RQ-8A version was based on the Schweizer 330, while the enhanced MQ-8B was derived from the Schweizer 333. The larger MQ-8C Fire Scout variant is based on the Bell 407.


  • RQ-8A
    • MQ-8B
    • RQ-8B

Version has an 8-hour endurance with a 170 lb payload.

Improved variant using avionics from the MQ-8B with the larger Bell 407 airframe.

Specifications (MQ-8B)

General characteristics

  • Crew: 0
  • Payload: 600 lb (272 kg)
  • Length: 23.95 ft (7.3 m)
  • Rotor diameter: 27.5 ft (8.4 m)
  • Height: 9.71 ft (2.9 m)
  • Empty weight: 2,073 lb (940.3 kg)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 3,150 lb (1,430 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Rolls-Royce 250, 313 kW (420 hp)


  • Maximum speed: 115 knots (213 km/h)+
  • Cruise speed: 110 knots (200 km/h)
  • Combat radius: 110 nmi (203.7 km) with 5+ hours on station
  • Endurance: 8 hours (typical), 5 hours fully loaded
  • Service ceiling: 20,000 ft (6,100 m)

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