This Drone Just Tracked a Missile Fired from a Littoral Combat Ship

The U.S. Navy broke ground this week on another drone milestone when an MQ-8B Fire Scout helped track a Harpoon anti-ship missile fired from the deck of the trimaran Littoral Combat Ship USS Coronado.

The service conducted the successful live-fire exercise on Monday off the coast of Guam, which North Korea recently threatened to attack with ballistic missiles. Meanwhile, Iran has dispatched small drones to harass U.S. Navy warships in the Persian Gulf.

Thanks to the tracking assistance from the Fire Scout unmanned rotorcraft made by Northrop Grumman Corp. and an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter developed by Lockheed Martin Corp.’s Sikorsky unit, the Harpoon Block 1C missile made by Boeing…

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