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USN plans MQ-8C UAS in-flight target update demonstration

25 May 2017

Key Points

  • The USN is seeking to demonstrate transmission of in-flight target updates for network-enabled weapons via Link 16 installed on the MQ-8C
  • NAVAIR is planning to contract with Northrop Grumman for Link 16 hardware and software integration

The US Navy (USN) is planning to integrate and test Link 16 data connectivity on the Northrop Grumman MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to demonstrate transmission of in-flight target updates (IFTU) for network-enabled weapons.

In a pre-solicitation notice posted on 9 May, the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) said it planned to negotiate a single-source contract with Northrop Grumman for Link 16 hardware and software integration.

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