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BQM-34F Firebee II
BQM-34F Firebee II

BQM-34F Firebee II

BQM-34 FFirebeeII - target drone, which was developed by the American company Teledyne Ryan Aeronautical. Starting with 60-ies, the Navy and the US Air Force became interested in the new rates drones to enhance their training fighter pilots and gunners air defense systems. Thus, the company TRA decided to use the experience in the creation of a subsonic drone Firebee and construct its upgraded engine continued with Continental YJ69-406 (Rod 870 kgf), which would allow him to develop a speed of up to Mach 1,5. The first copies of the 99 1974 were created in the year and a few months later they came to the United States Air Force. Launching drones carried out using rocket booster with the starting ground installation or dumped with a specially equipped airplane DC-130.

Deep modernization of installation allows you to transfer 4 unit UAV. Finding fulfilled its task BQM-34 FFirebeeII carried out with the help of MARS (Mid-Air Retrieval System), installed on the search helicopter from a height of up to 24 meters. If the drone fell into the water, he stayed on the surface for several hours. Electronic equipment allowed it to submit the different radar mark location.

BQM-34F Firebee II. Characteristics:

Modification BQM-34F
Wingspan, m 2.94
Length, m 8.88
Height, m 1.69
Weight, kg 1116
engine's type 1 TRD Continental YJ69-406
Thrust, kgf X 1 870
The maximum speed M 1.5
Practical range, km 322
The flight duration, min 73
The minimum flight altitude, m 15


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