The first flight of Northrop Grumman's MQ-8C Fire ScoutWith the successful test flights of Northrop Grumman’s MQ-8C extended-endurance Fire Scout unmanned aircraft, General Digital Software Services was able to beam with pride. The aircraft, based on the Bell 407 light commercial helicopter, made its first flights on October 31st at Naval Air Station Point Mugu, California. Boasting twice the endurance and three times the payload of the MQ-8B, which is based on the smaller Sikorsky/Schweitzer S-333 light helicopter, the MQ-8C will be able to fly for 12 hours or carry a payload of up to 2,600 pounds.

Our software testing ensured that the UAV’s (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) Rolls-Royce M250-C47E engine complied with DO-178B standards. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of components and systems that support equipment this complex. General Digital Software Services is thrilled to have played a part in this exciting, groundbreaking, and headline-making event. And to everyone who participated in making the Fire Scout a reality, your efforts are greatly appreciated.