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Northrop Grumman RQ-180. Specifications. A photo.
Northrop Grumman RQ-180. Specifications. A photo.

Northrop Grumman RQ-180. Specifications. A photo.


Northrop Grumman RQ-180 - US military multipurpose unmanned aircraft designed in 2013, the company «Northrop Grumman».

The development of military unmanned air vehicle model Northrop Grumman RQ-180 started by American aircraft manufacturers and experts in the field of space technologies and systems in the early 2000-ies. New Drone to be used as an intelligence tool, but, among other things, the device could also be used for other tasks, which should include patrol flights, the management groups of friendly forces, the adjustment of firing on enemy positions and others. Moreover, in the short term it is expected to create on the basis of the basic design of the combat version of the UAV, equipped with two high-precision missiles.

The first flight of the drone model Northrop Grumman RQ-180 held in 2013 year, however, during the first test, the device was not able to successfully complete all the required tests, in view of which was aimed at technical improvement, and after re-testing, the project was officially approved in and therefore entered into mass production.

UAV model Northrop Grumman RQ-180 has a sufficiently large size of its fuselage, in particular, when the length of the drone in 10 meters, the scope of its wings is 40 meters, which to some extent reduces the aerodynamic performance, and as a consequence, understands the maneuverability of UAV.

Powerplant unmanned Northrop Grumman RQ-180 presented turbojet engine, the technical parameters of which are due to the project of secrecy is not disclosed, however, the drone is able to carry out flights only at subsonic speeds, while the effective range of the flight of the UAV is 1800 kilometers, which is enough acceptable.


Specifications Northrop Grumman RQ-180.


  • Length: 10 m .;
  • Wingspan: 40 m .;
  • Height: 2 m .;
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 9200 kg .;
  • Cruising flight speed: 900 km \ h .;
  • Maximum flight speed: 950 km \ h .;
  • Maximum flight distance: 1800 km .;
  • Maximum flight height: 18500 m .;
  • aircraft engine type: turbojet;
  • Powerplant: unknown;
  • Power: unknown.


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