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RQ-5 Hunter
RQ-5 Hunter

RQ-5 Hunter

Experts of the company IAI Malat Division for the benefit of land forces of the United States of America, together with colleagues from the US company TRW Inc Avionics and Surveillance Group in the early 90-x created tactical reconnaissance drone, which was named «Hunter». The device is equipped with two piston engines located in the rear and the forward fuselage. It is possible to reach a constructive solution improve the reliability of the parameters and power without having to increase SU drag. Landing and takeoff glider made with fixed landing gear and to reduce the take-off distance, can use gunpowder boosters.

After the tests, which took place in 1991, in association with the UAV Sky Owl firm "McDonnell Douglas" and created by the company IAI UAV Hunter in 1993 last year received orders from the Pentagon. But after three years 1995 summer UAV crashed, interest from the military to the Israeli drone has fallen dramatically, and in 1996, the contract was canceled - by the time the company managed to create already 56 devices. Although a bit later, the Americans have refused from their solutions.

In 1997, after the change of classification Hunter, previously denoted as the BQM-155, received the new designation RQ-5. In 1999, the UAV was tested in a combat situation - it was used in the conflict in the Balkans with a view to patrol the borders of Macedonia and Kosovo. In June, the data 2001 drone have been effectively involved in the operation to ensure that the wiring of the American army convoy through the dangerous area.

RQ-5 Hunter had a modern forward-looking system, laser target pointer, television camera warning system radar maintenance and various communications equipment. UAV is launched with a single platform, using RATO accelerator. Because GCS-3000 Ground Control Station system is control of land, consisting of two operators, which is mounted in the truck.

The company "Northrop Grumman" in 2003 became the contractor for the program, which soon began to develop a version of the shock drone, called the MQ-5A, ammunition BAT planned to arm, who was better known in his other modernization Viper Strike. In Iraq, the beginning of 2005, two drone armed with a variety of Viper Strike munitions were sent deserved positive reviews.

Another member of the family of UAVs Hunter became the MQ-5B with increased fuel, increased practical ceiling with a large wing span, which allowed to increase its flight range. US purchased eighteen UAV MQ-5B, which perfectly proved themselves in combat use in Afghanistan.

RQ-5 Hunter. Characteristics:

Modification RQ-5
Wingspan, m 8.90
Length m 6.95
Height, m 1.65
Weight, kg  
null 540
takeoff 726
fuel 178
engine's type 2 PD Moto-Guzzi
Thrust, kgf X 2 64
Maximum speed km / h 204
Cruising speed, km / h 148
Radius of action, km 267
The duration of the flight, ch.min  
from the base 8.00
maximum 11.36
Practical ceiling, m 4575


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