Allison Barrie foxnews.com The U.S. Navy has taken a step closer to deploying a next-generation robotic military helicopter that takes off, lands and flies itself on missions. The MQ-8C Fire Scout helicopter just took its first flight -- that would be flying by itself, without a pilot in the cockpit. The fully autonomous, four-blade, single-engine helicopter has a maximum speed of approximately 140 knots. This new Fire Scout is designed to fly twice as long and carry three times the payload of the current MQ-8B variant. What does it do? Like the MQ-8B, this next generation Fire Scout can be used for a range of missions including communication, resupply and cargo delivery. With little ground oversight, the helicopter can deliver cargo to drop zones beyond the line of sight and return home. to read more click here: foxnews.com
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