From BotJunkie: "Last week, one of the Fire Scouts currently undergoing testing aboard the USS McInerney managed a real drug bust after noticing what turned out to be a “go fast” drug boat on radar. The Fire Scout shadowed the boat for 3 hours, and after it rendezvoused with a fishing boat, the Coast Guard moved in and nabbed the baddies.
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No matter how cool and useful it might be, the Fire Scout program for the Army is still canceled. Sad face. But, it looks like it might at least have a future in the Navy."


(pic also from BotJunkie)


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Comment by Stephen McAmis on April 14, 2010 at 2:10pm
ok, that's from 6:37pm to around 8pm local time in the Gulf eleven days ago. (i'm assuming).
Wouldn't this be daylight hours? I wonder what other optics the Fire Scout has.... seems they never show the detailed footage regardless of daylight etc... It confuses me to a certain extent.
Thermal and Black Hot? I know it has to have better optics... right? Or am I missing something.
Of course there could be a visibility issue unrelated to daylight.. also could be a classified optics system to a degree... but still, you'd think if they were pushing this as a product they'd produce better footage as well as what you see there.
Comment by Stephen McAmis on April 14, 2010 at 2:16pm
i see they switched to white hot at 4:41.. still.

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Comment by Morli on April 14, 2010 at 2:48pm
I guess there are some things that are never to be asked , it is however my quest to know , any case I too would like to know, thanks
Comment by Stephen McAmis on April 14, 2010 at 2:59pm
I might actually have a line on this to a certain extent... I will see what I can find out. It might not be directly related to Fire Hawk but hopefully will provide some insight. and of course there's the possibility I won't be able to learn a thing... still, worth a shot.
Comment by Ron Jacobs on April 14, 2010 at 4:02pm
Here is a link to some better video footage; sort of a montage of the different types of vision the fire scout has , i guess?
Comment by Ron Jacobs on April 14, 2010 at 4:02pm
Comment by Jack Crossfire on April 14, 2010 at 5:39pm
Get a more stable camera gimbal.
Comment by Bill Porter on April 14, 2010 at 8:58pm
Woot Navy! We have all the cooler drones than the Army anyway.
Comment by Stephen McAmis on April 14, 2010 at 9:07pm
Ron... that's a good video. I suppose I made a mistake when I was asking about the footage... it was, after all, the thing in action and not an attempt to 'push' the fire hawk... still it seems like the operator would have tried to gain more detail with some of the other optics as opposed to just thermals. I guess it goes to the primary mission... keep an eye on the bad guys till the USS Mcinerny arrived on scene.

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Comment by Rory Paul on April 14, 2010 at 9:17pm
Did anybody else notice the "fault" checksum message....what where they running a file update mid flight ; ) I suspect there automated object tracking feature was not working looked like they tried to lock that rectangle around the boat once or twice...

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