Northrop BQM-74 Chukar. Specifications. A photo.
Northrop BQM-74 Chukar. Specifications. A photo.

Northrop BQM-74 Chukar. Specifications. A photo.


Northrop BQM-74 Chukar - the US military unmanned aerial vehicle designed «Northrop Corporation» Corporation in 1965 year.


Northrop BQM-74 Chukar photo


The project of the Northrop BQM-74 Chukar unmanned vehicle was created by American engineers and designers in the field of aerospace technologies at the beginning of the 60-ies of the last century. The main initiator of the development was the US Department of Defense, which needed unmanned aerial vehicles used to train specialists, to destroy air targets, and the very important factor was to become the cost of the drone, as it was supposed to produce these devices in large batches. Fact4ically, the American unmanned aerial vehicle Northrop BQM-74 Chukar is a radio-controlled air target capable of flying at high speeds and for long distances.

The first test tests the unmanned aerial vehicle has undergone in 1965 year, and due to the fact that there were no deviations from the standards set by developers have been identified, the project will continue to improve the requirements of the US Department of Defense, and since 1967 years became mass-produced.

UAV Northrop BQM-74 Chukar has a sufficiently compact size that allows the device acceptable maneuverability and good aerodynamics that affects such parameters as speed, controllability etc..

Powerplant UAV Northrop BQM-74 Chukar presented turbojet brand Williams J400-WR-404, able to develop traction in 1,1 kN., Which in turn provides the ability to accelerate to drone limit airspeed in 972 km \ h.

The following versions of the drone:

  • Northrop BQM-74A Chukar I - Basic version of the UAV;
  • Northrop XBQM-108 - upgraded prototype device;
  • Northrop MQM-74C Chukar II - An improved version of the drone with an increased maximum speed of movement;
  • Northrop BQM-74C Chukar III - Modification, developed on the basis of the UAV Northrop MQM-74C Chukar II;
  • Northrop BQM-74E Chukar III - Upgraded version with improved power plant.


Specifications Northrop BQM-74 Chukar.


  • Length: 3,94 m (depending on version).
  • Wingspan: 1,76 m (depending on version).
  • Height: 0,71 m (depending on version).
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 250 kg. (Depending on version);
  • Cruising flight speed: 750 km \ h. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum flight speed: 972 km \ h. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum flight distance: 150 km. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum flight height: 12000 m (depending on version).
  • aircraft engine Type: Jet;
  • Powerplant: Williams J400-WR-404 (depending on version) e;
  • Power: 1,1 kN. (Depending on version).



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