The United States Navy announced that it signed a $17 million contract with Northrop Grumman to arm its fleet of MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter drones. The LA Times reports the maker of the drone will install laser-guided missiles to target drug-runners, pirates, and battleships. This will make the MQ-8B the first, sea-based, armed drone to enter the navy’s arsenal before the X-47B makes its full-time appearance, also in 2014. Between the two craft the Navy will be able to co totally pilot-less for virtually any type of mission it desires.
Robert Johnson, This New Weapons On This MQ-8B Unmanned Helicopter Take The Navy One Step Further From Pilots, BusinessInsider, Nov. 11, 2011