Computer Upgrades Are Coming to the US Navy’s MQ-8Cs

By R&WI Staff | April 10, 2018
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The MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter conducts first test flight from USS Montgomery (LCS-8) April 5 off the coast of California. (U.S. Navy photo

The MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy

The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has awarded a computing upgrade for its fleet of unmanned MQ-8C Fire Scouts to Systel Inc.

Details on what the computing upgrades will enable have not been released; however, Systel noted that its “2U and 4U rugged servers support ISR and ASW missions on aircraft and ground control stations such as Fire Scout, P-8A Poseidon, C-130J Super Hercules, MEA King Air and P-3 Orion.”


Systel has been tasked with providing the MQ-8Cs with “rugged, SWaP optimized high density computing servers,” the company said.

"Our rugged mission computers are specifically engineered for the immense video and data-intensive processing demands of Minotaur platforms and we are excited to successfully deploy these systems in support of Fire Scout,” said Anu Pankaj, a program manager at Systel.

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