Rolls-Royce unveils new military engine for Navy helicopter

MQ8C Fire Scout to be used for surveillance

Rolls-Royce unveiled a new military helicopter engine that's expected to help improve national security.

The MQ8C Fire Scout, manufactured by Northrop-Grumman, is an unmanned surveillance and reconnaissance helicopter used by the U.S. Navy.

Rolls-Royce Senior Vice-President Tom Hartmann said the Hoosier-built engine will improve the aircraft's long range endurance and capability.

"We look at it as securing the jobs we have. In the factory, we have loads that go up and down all the time. Keeping this kind of contract is important in keeping the folks we have on the site fully employed," Hartmann said.

The helicopter will be operated by a sailor using a computer on the ground or on a ship.

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