KQ-X. Specifications. A photo.
KQ-X. Specifications. A photo.

KQ-X. Specifications. A photo.


KQ-X - the US military unmanned aerial vehicle developed in 2010, the Defense Agency, the US promising research.

The KQ-X unmanned aerial vehicle is a specialized drone used for refueling aircraft, in particular, thanks to the automated operation of the device, pilots of military aircraft can initiate their position, and in the event that the unmanned KQ-X is in the immediate vicinity, Convergence to further replenish fuel. The very scope of this drone is very narrow, besides, the cost of the project was quite high and amounted to about 33 million dollars, which to some extent limited the beginning of the production of UAV data.

The first test flight of unmanned aircraft KQ-X in July 2010 years and due to the fact that preliminary tests drone were quite successful, the project continued to exist, however, in the 2012 year, it has been frozen due to a number of technical issues arising in the implementation of some drone functions.

Unmanned aerial vehicles KQ-X model is almost a complete copy of unmanned Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk, the only exception was the presence of which surround the fuel tank and a special system providing refueling in flight.

Power plant UAV KQ-X represented jet brand Rolls-Royce F137-RR-100, which creates thrust 34 kN, which in turn provides a drone maximum speed of movement in space to 600 km \ h., While effective the range of the unmanned air means limited 3500 kilometers.


Specifications KQ-X.


  • Length: 15 m .;
  • Wingspan: 40 m .;
  • Height: 4,7 m .;
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 15100 kg .;
  • Cruising flight speed: 500 km \ h .;
  • Maximum flight speed: 600 km \ h .;
  • Maximum flight distance: 3500 km .;
  • Maximum flight height: 12000 m .;
  • aircraft engine Type: Jet;
  • Powerplant: Rolls-Royce F137-RR-100;
  • Power: 34 kN.



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