Northrop, Bell Power Up Unmanned Fire-X

By Graham Warwick

Northrop Grumman has powered up its Bell 407-based Fire-X unmanned helicopter demonstrator as the U.S. military moves a step closer to deploying autonomous rotorcraft for cargo resupply missions in Afghanistan.

The Fire-X is nearing completion at Bell Helicopter’s Xworx rapid-prototyping facility in Fort Worth, with external power being applied for the first time in mid-September ...

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