BQM-34F Firebee II
BQM-34F Firebee II

BQM-34F Firebee II

BQM-34 FFirebeeII is a targetless drones developed by the US company Teledyne Ryan Aeronautical. Since 60-ies, the US Navy and the US Air Force have become interested in the new drone speeds to increase the training of their fighter pilots and air defense system gunners. Thus, the company TRA decided to take advantage of the experience in creating subsonic drones Firebee and to design its upgraded continuation with the engine Continental YJ69-406 (thrust 870 kgf), which would allow it to develop speed up to 1,5 Mach. The first 99 copies were created in 1974 year, and a few months later they were in the arsenal of the US Air Force. The launch of the UAV was carried out with the help of a rocket accelerator from a ground launch facility or dropped from a specially equipped DC-130 aircraft.

Deep modernization of the installation allowed to transfer 4 units of UAVs. The detection of the BQM-34 FFirebeeII that has completed its task was carried out using the Mid-Air Retrieval System (MARS) installed on search helicopters from a height of up to 24 meters. If the drone fell into the water, it stayed on its surface for several hours. Electronic equipment allowed to give her various radar location marks. 

BQM-34F Firebee II. Characteristics:

Modification   BQM-34F
Wingspan, m   2.94
Length, m   8.88
Height, m   1.69
Weight, kg   1116
engine's type   1 TRD Continental YJ69-406
Thrust, kgf   X 1 870
The maximum speed M   1.5
Practical range, km   322
The flight duration, min   73
The minimum flight altitude, m   15


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