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KQ-X. Specifications. A photo.
KQ-X. Specifications. A photo.

KQ-X. Specifications. A photo.


KQ-X - the US military unmanned aerial vehicle developed in 2010, the Defense Agency, the US promising research.

Drone KQ-X model is a specialized drone operated for aircraft refueling, in particular, thanks to the automated operation of the device, military aircraft pilots can initiate their position, and if the drone KQ-X is located in the immediate vicinity, will start convergence to further refueling. The very scope of the drone is very narrow, in addition, the project cost was quite high and amounted to about 33 million dollars, which to some extent limited the start of production of the UAV data.

The first test flight of unmanned aircraft KQ-X in July 2010 years and due to the fact that preliminary tests drone were quite successful, the project continued to exist, however, in the 2012 year, it has been frozen due to a number of technical issues arising in the implementation of some drone functions.

Unmanned aerial vehicles KQ-X model is almost a complete copy of unmanned Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk, the only exception was the presence of which surround the fuel tank and a special system providing refueling in flight.

Power plant UAV KQ-X represented jet brand Rolls-Royce F137-RR-100, which creates thrust 34 kN, which in turn provides a drone maximum speed of movement in space to 600 km \ h., While effective the range of the unmanned air means limited 3500 kilometers.


Specifications KQ-X.


  • Length: 15 m .;
  • Wingspan: 40 m .;
  • Height: 4,7 m .;
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 15100 kg .;
  • Cruising flight speed: 500 km \ h .;
  • Maximum flight speed: 600 km \ h .;
  • Maximum flight distance: 3500 km .;
  • Maximum flight height: 12000 m .;
  • aircraft engine Type: Jet;
  • Powerplant: Rolls-Royce F137-RR-100;
  • Power: 34 kN.



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