Fire Scout MQ-8B unmanned autonomous helicopter takes to the air in Afghanistan (video).

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Fire Scout continues to prove its ability to perform intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions and provide real-time data to troops in Afghanistan. Operating in the harshest weather conditions, the system has flown more than 600 hours since May.

“Our goal was to fly 300 hours per month and we are exceeding that,” said Capt. Patrick Smith, Fire Scout program manager. “We are on track to fly almost 400 hours by the end of July which is exceptional. The feedback we are getting from our users is very positive. They continue to tell us that the Fire Scout is an absolute success and it is a critical asset for our troops in the field.”

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