Monday, April 23, 2012

$262.3M Fire Scout contract won

Fire Scout MQ-8C. Photo by Chad Slattery
A $262.3 million contract was awarded to Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, Calif., for work on eight Fire Scout unmanned helicopters, the Defense Department announced Monday. Nearly half the work will be done at the Northrop Grumman Unmanned Systems Center in Moss Point, Miss. The contract provides for the development, manufacture, and testing of two Fire Scout MQ-8C, the larger version of the Fire Scout that uses a Bell 407 airframe, and production of six air vehicles. It also calls for spare parts in support of the endurance upgrade rapid deployment capability effort. Work on the Fire Scouts will be performed in Moss Point, Miss. (47 percent); San Diego, Calif. (46 percent); and Yuma, Ariz. (7 percent). Work is expected to be completed in May 2014. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/23/12) Story by GCAC