AQM-34N Reconnaissance Drone
AQM-34N Reconnaissance Drone

AQM-34N Reconnaissance Drone

AQM-34N Reconnaissance Drone refers to the high-altitude unobserved reconnaissance types of the UAV. The development company is Teledyne Ryan Aeronautical. The impetus for the creation of this unmanned vehicle was a competition announced by the US Air Force for the design of a high-altitude unmanned scout. At that time in the middle of 60, the most potential company was Ryan, which developed over 20 modifications of its own unmanned aerial target, Model 147 Firebee. As a result of the modifications and research work, 147N appeared, which the US Air Force specialists renamed into AQM-34N Reconnaissance Drone. In 60-ies, the UAV was transferred for operation to strategic command.

According to LTH, the device was able to climb to a height of 21 kilometer at a speed of 675 km / h. From March 1967 to mid-July 1971, AQM-34N made 138 reconnaissance missions. Just like its predecessor AQM-34L Firebee, the AQM-34N UAV was launched from a DC-130 aircraft. The whole process of flight drone carried out according to the previously laid program. For all the time of operation, only a few devices went missing. Approximately 20% were intentionally shot down or crashed, and about 65% LA were found and returned. The search was facilitated by the built-in system MARS (full name Mid-Air Retrieval System). The search work was carried out thanks to special equipment that was installed on the search helicopters. In the middle of the 70-ies of the United States Air Force ordered the withdrawal of the last copies of this type of UAV from armaments.

LTH: wingspan - 9,75 m; Length - 9,14 m; weight - 1737 kg; Height - 2,03 m; Rod - 871 kg; range - 3862 km; Engine Type - 1 TRD; ceiling - 21336 m; maximum speed - 676 km; the minimum height - 20 m.

AQM-34N Reconnaissance Drone. Characteristics:

Modification AQM-34N
Wingspan, m 9.75
Length m 9.14
Height, m 2.03
Weight, kg 1737
engine's type 1 TRD J69-T-41A
Thrust, kgf X 1 871
Maximum speed km / h 676
Flight distance, km 3862
Practical ceiling, m 21336
The minimum flight altitude, m 20

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