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 unmanned aerial vehicle model Northrop BQM-74 Chukar began to be created by American design engineers and specialists in the field of aerospace technology in the early 60s of the last century. The main initiator of the start of development was the US Department of Defense, which needed unmanned aerial vehicles used to train specialists in the destruction of air targets, and, moreover, the cost of the drone should have become a very important factor, since it was supposed to produce these devices in large quantities. In fact, the American Northrop BQM-4 Chukar unmanned aerial vehicle is a radio-controlled aerial target capable of flying at high speeds and over 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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