SOMERSET, Ky., Jan. 31, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) received
the first protective cage for its next-generation MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter that will
store and shield the aircraft's critical electronic components from strong electric fields and
Without the cage, electrical components inside the helicopter would be susceptible to lightning
damage and other possible electromagnetic interference (EMI) on board.
Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, was selected last year to manufacture the
protective enclosure known as a Faraday cage.
"The Summit team is proud to be a member of the Northrop Grumman Fire Scout team and supply the
Faraday cage structure for the Fire Scout program. This partnership between our organizations
resulted in the structure being completed in five months," said Ralph Kunz, general manager for
Northrop Grumman is the prime contractor for the U.S. Navy's Fire Scout program. A total of 28 new
MQ-8C Endurance Upgrade Fire Scouts will be built using a purpose-modified Bell 407 air vehicle.
"Adding the Faraday cage to Fire Scout will provide the Navy with improved accessibility and
maintainability by centrally locating key critical avionics components and protect them from
outside electrical interference," said George Vardoulakis, vice president for tactical unmanned
systems with Northrop Grumman's Aerospace Systems sector.
Once completed, the Faraday cages will be shipped to Northrop Grumman's Unmanned Systems Center in
Moss Point, Miss., where electronics will be incorporated and tested prior to installation on the
The larger MQ-8C Endurance Upgrade Fire Scout will provide the Navy with increased range by more
than one-third, more than double the endurance and increased payload capacity in comparison to the
current MQ-8B variant capability.
Fire Scout, MQ-8B, is currently deployed on Navy frigates and in Afghanistan providing
intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance to maritime and ground commanders.
Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and
solutions in unmanned systems, cybersecurity, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government
and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com
for more information.
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