U.S. Navy MQ-8B Fire Scout Unmanned Helicopter Crashes at Point Mugu

A Northrop Grumman MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter operated by the U.S. Navy crashed at Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) Point Mugu on Aug. 14.

According to reports, the rotorcraft was in flight when its main rotor clipped a building at the air station around 12:21 p.m. The crash caused superficial damage to the building and no injuries were reported, according to an NBVC release.

The report added that firefighters with the naval base’s Federal Fire Department responded to the crash and applied firefighting foam to the scene as a precaution, though no fire or explosion were reported as a result of the crash.

The MQ-8B Fire Scout is assigned to the Navy’s Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23, based out of Naval Air Station (NAS) North Island and was at Point Mugu as part of a training detachment.

The MQ-8 provides day and night real-time ISR target acquisition, using the Brite Star II turret electro-optical/infrared/laser designator-range finder payload and maritime search radar, along with other modular mission specific payloads for voice communications relay and battlefield management support to the tactical commander.

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