You are looking at the future of the U.S. Navy, for better or worse.
Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 (VX-1) recently evaluated Northrop Grumman’s MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter with the the U.S. Navy’s littoral combat ship USS Coronado. The Coronado is one of four designated test ships in the LCS class assigned to Littoral Combat Ship Squadron ONE. The new Fire Scout variant is expected to deploy with the LCS class to provide reconnaissance, situational awareness, and precision targeting support. In June 2018 the Fire Scout conducted underway landing operations with the USS Coronado in the Pacific Ocean.
The MQ-8C Fire Scout’s airframe is based on the commercial Bell 407, a proven helicopter with more than 1,600 built and over 4.4 million flight hours.