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 Bill Porter on April 14, 2010 at 9:21pm
One of the first things I learned when operation DoD drones, they always have a fault to complain about. It's just a matter if it's severe enough to ground the mission over. And If there's people to impress standing over your shoulder during an expensive sea test, you tend to hit the ignore button more then you should.

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Comment by Morli on April 15, 2010 at 1:14am
:)) . Ignore button ,hmm, we need one too
Comment by Ron Jacobs on April 15, 2010 at 7:19am
Looks like the video above is all IR (infrared?) footage. They appear to be mucking about with exposure and "inversion" of the image switching fom a "negative" to a "positive" image. There are other posts and youtube videos out there with "better" footage. We have to rememberall this footage is suffering from compression for use online. its most cool that they used this right off a training/test mission to nab some big bad guys. So cool.

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