Beechcraft MQM-61 Cardinal. Specifications. A photo.
Beechcraft MQM-61 Cardinal. Specifications. A photo.

Beechcraft MQM-61 Cardinal. Specifications. A photo.


Beechcraft MQM-61 Cardinal - military unmanned aerial vehicle developed in 1955 year, the American company «Beechcraft».


Beechcraft MQM-61 Cardinal Photo


Unmanned aircraft Beechcraft MQM-61 Cardinal is a military development, intended for use as a drone target that is used when developing the fight against air targets, as well as to test new missile systems and air defense.

The work associated with the design of the Beechcraft MQM-61 Cardinal unmanned aerial vehicle was deployed by American experts in the field of aerospace technology back in the early 50s of the last century, while it took three years to create a drone, however, in the end, this device turned out to be quite promising, in this connection, the drone was actively used for many years, until more effective devices of this type appeared.

The first tests of drone Beechcraft MQM-61 Cardinal were made in 1955 year, however, the device needed ryazhe technical improvements, in connection with which the first deliveries of the UAVs in the US armed forces began only in 1959 year.

UAV Beechcraft MQM-61 Cardinal has a fairly large dimensions, in particular, for its length in meters 4 60 centimeters, the drone has a wingspan in meters 3 95 centimeters, which to some extent makes it difficult to operate this device. For the above reasons, the launch drone Beechcraft MQM-61 Cardinal may be carried out only with a special ramp, while the parachute system for landing is completely absent.

Drone Beechcraft MQM-61 Cardinal equipped power plant consisting of a piston engine brand McCulloch TC6150-J-2, which is having a capacity of 125 hp, can accelerate the device to the maximum speed of its flight in 560 km \ h., At the same time, finding means to unmanned flight is limited to one hour.


Specifications Beechcraft MQM-61 Cardinal.


  • Length: 4,6 m .;
  • Wingspan: 3,95 m .;
  • Height: 1,02 m .;
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 300 kg .;
  • Cruising flight speed: 400 km \ h .;
  • Maximum flight speed: 560 km \ h .;
  • Maximum flight distance: 400 km .;
  • Maximum flight height: 13100 m.
  • aircraft engine type: a piston;
  • Powerplant: McCulloch TC6150-J-2;
  • Power: 125 hp



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