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AQM-91 Compass Arrow
AQM-91 Compass Arrow

AQM-91 Compass Arrow

AQM-91 Compass Arrow is a high-altitude reconnaissance UAV unobtrusive, engineers who developed the US company Teledyne Ryan Aeronautical. AQM-91 or Firefly Model 154 considered the first representative of the second generation of UAVs. Originally designed as a high-altitude reconnaissance drone unobtrusive. It reaches a height of m 24400 3700 km in range. In order to increase navigation performance UAV installed on inertial navigation system and trip computer. Fleet has 28 units AQM-91. Basically, they used to fly around the Chinese border, so in the early 70-ies after the political rapprochement between China and the US reconnaissance flights over the Chinese territory ceased, and the demand in the scouts Compass Arrow dropped to zero.

UAV developed by Ryan, and the first flight Compass Arrow made in 1970 year. Unmanned vehicles designed for normal aerodynamic configuration with a low wing swept. The composition of the tail - the horizontal stabilizer with inclined to the longitudinal axis of the fuselage with two keels and rudders, which are mounted on the ending. Semi-monocoque fuselage, and above it is the engine manufacturing General Electric J97-GE-3. The design of unmanned combines the many technologies "stealth".

AQM-91 Compass Arrow. Characteristics:

Modification AQM-91
Wingspan, m 14.50
Length m 10.40
Weight, kg 2381
engine's type 1 turbojets General Electric J97-GE-3
Thrust, kgf 1 x
Maximum speed km / h 890
Flight distance, km 3700
Practical ceiling, m 24400


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