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San Diego's first look at new Navy drone chopper

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - U.S. Military forces have a new weapon. And it looks so much like a helicopter that you'd never know it was a drone.

"This aircraft will be so much more efficient than any other UAV they have out there," said Northrop Grumman's Michael Fuqua.

It looks like a military attack helicopter, it feels like one, and flies like one but it's not.

It's an unmanned aerial vehicle that will be used for non-weaponized, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance.

"It has a full motion video camera," said Fuqua. "It will have a radar so it can have a wide area surveillance capability to look for ships boats threats on the water also over land."

You may be thinking -- the Navy already has UAVS -- your right, it has the MQ-8B Fire Scout, which it currently uses.

This is the MQ-8C Fire Scout, and it is twice as big as its predecessor.

"We're gonna fly this aircraft that will double the endurance and triple the pay load."

This one is just a model, built last month by Northrop Grumman.

It is set to test fly before the end of the year. Once operational, it will fly off U.S. Navy ships around the world providing better intelligence.

"The more knowledge you have the more efficient you're going to be, and safer you're going to be."

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