Sep 25, 2014
MQ-8B Fire Scout drone helicopters being deployed to Pacific later this year
Four MQ-8B Fire Scouts will be aboard the USS Fort Worth — a littoral combat ship — when it leaves San Diego later this year.
The ship’s deployment to the Asia-Pacific theater will mark the start of a continuous LCS presence in the region.
The presence of the surveillance helicopters is sure to spark interest in a region where airborne cameras and sensors are multiplying rapidly.
The Air Force has been flying its unmanned RQ-4 Global Hawk surveillance planes from Guam since 2010 and deployed them this summer to Misawa Air Base in Japan, seeking to boost its own surveillance capabilities following clashes with China over disputed islands in the South China Sea.