AQM-34L Firebee
AQM-34L Firebee

AQM-34L Firebee

AQM-34L Firebee is a low-profile reconnaissance high-altitude UAV, developed by the American company Teledyne Ryan Aeronautical. The UAV was created on the basis of an early air target BQM-34A Firebee. The first serial model was designed in 1960 year. The main purpose of the AQM-34L was to conduct reconnaissance during the Vietnam War at low altitudes - from 60 to 150 m above the ground. The drone could not take off in the standard way. It was dumped from an airplane DC-130. Flew to low altitude, he carried out reconnaissance in enemy territory. After the mission was completed, the UAV was landing using a parachute, after which it was selected by helicopter and sent to the base for data transfer.

Flight technical characteristics: height - 2.03 m; length - 8.84 m; weight - 1451 kg; wingspan - 3,96 m; cruising speed - 780 km / h; maximum - 1038 km / h; engine type - 1 TRD; thrust - 871 kgf; flight range - 1207 km; ceiling - 15240 m. 

AQM-34L Firebee. Characteristics:

Modification   AQM-34L
Wingspan, m   3.96
Length m   8.84
Height, m   2.03
Weight, kg   1451
engine's type   1 TRD Teledyne Continental J-69
Thrust, kgf   X 1 871
Maximum speed km / h   1038
Cruising speed, km / h   780
Flight distance, km   1207
Practical ceiling, m   15240
Reconnaissance flight altitude, m   60 – 150


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