Northrop Grumman RQ-180. Specifications. A photo.
Northrop Grumman RQ-180. Specifications. A photo.

Northrop Grumman RQ-180. Specifications. A photo.


Northrop Grumman RQ-180 - US military multipurpose unmanned aircraft designed in 2013, the company «Northrop Grumman».

The development of the military unmanned aircraft of the Northrop Grumman RQ-180 model began with American aircraft manufacturers and specialists in the field of aerospace technologies and systems at the beginning of the 2000-ies. The new drone was supposed to be used as a reconnaissance means, but, among other things, the device could also be used for other tasks, such as patrol and surveillance flights, the management of friendly groupings, correcting fire on enemy positions, etc. Moreover, in the near future It is planned to create on the basis of the basic design a combat version of a UAV fitted with two high-precision missiles.

The first flight of the drone model Northrop Grumman RQ-180 held in 2013 year, however, during the first test, the device was not able to successfully complete all the required tests, in view of which was aimed at technical improvement, and after re-testing, the project was officially approved in and therefore entered into mass production.

UAV model Northrop Grumman RQ-180 has a sufficiently large size of its fuselage, in particular, when the length of the drone in 10 meters, the scope of its wings is 40 meters, which to some extent reduces the aerodynamic performance, and as a consequence, understands the maneuverability of UAV.

Powerplant unmanned Northrop Grumman RQ-180 presented turbojet engine, the technical parameters of which are due to the project of secrecy is not disclosed, however, the drone is able to carry out flights only at subsonic speeds, while the effective range of the flight of the UAV is 1800 kilometers, which is enough acceptable.


Specifications Northrop Grumman RQ-180.


  • Length: 10 m .;
  • Wingspan: 40 m .;
  • Height: 2 m .;
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 9200 kg .;
  • Cruising flight speed: 900 km \ h .;
  • Maximum flight speed: 950 km \ h .;
  • Maximum flight distance: 1800 km .;
  • Maximum flight height: 18500 m .;
  • aircraft engine type: turbojet;
  • Powerplant: unknown;
  • Power: unknown.


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