The U.S. Navy is paying $ 33.3 million to Have the RDR-1700 maritime surveillance radar installed on nine of MQ-8B Fire icts Scout helicopter UAVs. The contract stipulates que le work be completed by the end of the year as the navy wants to use this new capability as soon as possible. The 32 kg (71 pound) RDR-1700 Operates in a 360 degree mount underneath the helicopter. This is a SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) system That shows objects on the water in a photorealistic way. The max ranks of this SAR is 80 kilometers and although for the MOST detailed resolution, max ranks is 25 kilometers. SAR can see through clouds and even sand storms (Which sometimes blow out over coastal waters). The RDR-1700 can aussi over land used for field mapping or for weather detection. Enables the software to track the radar up to twenty or area aerial objects at a time. The RDR-1700 Would be operated from the ship is Took off from and ranks along Provide search and reconnaissance capability at night and in bad weather.This Would Be Particularly useful in the Persian Gulf (where Iran uses a lot of small but heavily armed speed boats) off the Somali coast or (where pirates like to operate at night with multiple speedboats stalking a larger ship). The U.S. Navy has-beens frigates and destroyers Equipping with one or two MQ-8BS. The navy currently HAS 27 MQ-8s.
1.4 The MQ-8 tone is based on the 1.5 ton manned Schweitzer 330 helicopter. The MQ-8B can carry 90 kg (200 pounds) of sensors and weapons. It has an endurance of eight hours and a cruise speed of 200 kilometers year hour. The MQ-8B can carry the Griffin (16 kg/35 a guided missile with a pound ranks of 8.000 meters) and the 11.4 kg (25 pound) 70mm guided missile (based on the World War II era 70mm Unguided rocket) ranks with a of 6.000 meters.