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AQM-81 Firebolt
AQM-81 Firebolt

AQM-81 Firebolt

AQM-81 Firebolt - speed high-altitude UAV target. UAV developed by the American company Teledyne Ryan Aeronautical. Establishment was commissioned by the US Air Force, which were in need of high-altitude and high-speed targets for preparations fighter pilots. Planning started at the end of the year 1979, 4 through the year by the US Air Force received the first UAVs AQM-81 Firebolt. High speed unmanned rocket provides "hybrid" engine company UTCSD Hybrid Rocket Motor, which has extensive experience in creating engines running on solid components and liquid oxidizer.

Such a propulsion system made it possible to conduct targeted drone maneuvers sharp change of speed and altitude, making teaching more realistic. Run the target was carried out with special equipment mounted on fighter Mc Donnell F-4 Phantom II. When the AQM-81 launched from the aircraft, it could reach speeds of up to Mach 4,3 and thus raised to a height of more than 31 km. Search the target was carried out by special helicopter, which is equipped with MARS system (Mid-Air Recovery System).

AQM-81 Firebolt. Characteristics:

Modification AQM-81
Wingspan, m 1.01
Length m 5.18
Height, m 0.66
The diameter of the fuselage, m 0.33
Weight, kg 558
engine's type 1 RD United Technology Chemical Systems Division HRM
The maximum possible speed M 4.3
Maximum speed is used 4180
The flight duration from M 3, min 5
Practical ceiling, m 31395


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