Navy Grounds Northrop Grumman Drone Program After Crashes

Law360, New York (April 10, 2012, 4:26 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Navy said Tuesday that it has indefinitely suspended flights of the Northrop Grumman-designed MQ-8B Fire Scout — a robotic helicopter it plans to buy in large quantities — to look for technical glitches after the drone experienced two crashes within the span of a week.

The Navy, which has touted the craft's success in keeping an eye on offshore drug deals and pirates, currently has plans to purchase 168 of the unmanned aerial vehicles at $10 million apiece plus operating costs, and is pursuing...
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