Jane's All the World Aircraft 1976
02 - RPVs and Targets
One of the 29 F-86H Sabre fighters converted to QF-86H drone configuration by the US Naval Weapons Center at China Lake, California
Soviet jet-powered target drone taking oft with the aid of booster rockets
PQM-102, converted from an F-102A by Sperry Flight Systems and the USAF’s first converted-fighter target drone to have no provision tor manned operation
BQM-34A Firebee I target drone dropping away from the launch pylon of a DC-130 Hercules carrier aircraft
Teledyne Ryan 147SD (AQM-34M) RPV under the wing of a DC-130 Hercules director aircraft
Teledyne Ryan Model 147TE remotely piloted vehicle (USAF designation AQM-34Q). Other versions of Model 147 are suspended from pylons of DC-130E launch aircraft in background
Teledyne Ryan AQM-34R (Model 147TF) being launched from a USAF Lockheed DC-130E control aircraft
DC-130E director aircraft of the USAF with a Ryan 154 (AQM-91A) RPV beneath each wing
DATS (Dornier Aerial Target System) under the wing of a QT-33
Fuji-built Firebee I target drone of the JMSDF
Teledyne Ryan Model 124 Firebee I subsonic target drone of the US Air Force
Firebee I descending by recovery parachute
BQM-34A Firebee I target drone dropping away from the launch pylon of a DC-130 Hercules carrier aircraft
YAQM-34U Update version of the Model 147SC
Teledyne Ryan 147SD (AQM-34M) RPV under the wing of a DC-130 Hercules director aircraft
Teledyne Ryan Model 147TE remotely piloted vehicle (USAF designation AQM-34Q). Other versions of Model 147 are suspended from pylons of DC-130E launch aircraft in background
Teledyne Ryan AQM-34R (Model 147TF) being launched from a USAF Lockheed DC-130E control aircraft
US Air Force BQM-34F Firebee II supersonic target drone, with ventral fuel pod still attached
Teledyne Ryan Model 166 Firebee II supersonic target, in production for the US Air Force and Navy
Teledyne Ryan 234 (BGM-34A) fitted with a HOBOS homing bomb under its port wing
Shrike missile (starboard) and Mk IV bomb fitted under the wings of a Teledyne Ryan Model 234 (BGM-34A) strike RPV
Pathfinder version of the BGM-34B, fitted with Aeronutronic Ford nose package containing laser designator and LLLTV camera
Although the Yakovlev high-altitude strategic reconnaissance aircraft known by the reporting name "Mandrake" has been operational with the V-VS for almost a decade, this illustration is the first genuine photograph of this single-seat Lockheed U-2 counterpart to be published. The "Mandrake" has been emplyed by the V-VS for clandestine extreme-altitude reconnaissance flights over China, India, Pakistan and elsewhere.
Second prototype of the Boeing Compass Cope B high-altitude strategic RPV
Compass Cope B, showing nose TV camera
DC-130E director aircraft of the USAF with a Ryan 154 (AQM-91A) RPV beneath each wing
GAF Jindivik Mk 3B target drone with high-altitude wing extensions
Prototype DSI/NASA Oblique Wing RPRA, shown without the wing-mounted vertical stabiliser
MBLE Epervier X-5 battlefield surveillance RPV
Launch of Canadair AN/USD-501 airborne surveillance/target acquisition drone system
Aerospatiale R.20 battlefield reconnaissance drone, developed from the CT.20 target
Launch of a Meteor P.1 subsonic target drone from a ground ramp
Shipboard launch of a Meteor P.X
Beechcraft Model 1019 AQM-37A supersonic target drone
Model 1094 Vanneau version of the Beechcraft AQM-37A, modified by Matra for the French Air Force
Model of the Beechcraft Model 1070 High Altitude Supersonic Target (HAST)
NEC-built Northrop Shelduck target drone
Northrop Shelduck basic training target drone, a type produced for 18 countries
GAF Turana turbojet-powered target drone on its portable launcher
Model of Canadair CL-227
Aerospatiale D 15 low-cost artillery target (two 1.7 hp engines)
Dorand DS.7 half-scale gyro-glider test model
Model of the Mitsoubac proposed drone/decoy vehicle
Motorised mockup of a flying platform with three Marchetti Heliscopes
Marchetti Heliscope flying platform
Dornier Experimental Kiebitz and mobile ground control station
Diagram of the Do 34 Kiebitz flying platform for electronic surveillance: lower portion contains Decca RDL-2 passive ECM detector
Dornier Do 34 Operational Kiebitz tethered rotor platform
Dornier Aerodyne E 1 prototype VTOL RPV in tethered flight
The Meteor Gufo system: sensor recovery from a Gufone drone
The Meteor Gufo system: the control truck and a Gufone drone on its towed launcher
Northrop NV-128 experimental surveillance RPV, modified from the MQM-74A
Northrop MQM-74C target drone 176 Ib (80 kg) st Williams WR24-7 turbojet engine
Prototypes of the Northrop Variable-Speed Training Target (VSTT), evaluated in 1974 by the US Army
AEL4111 Snipe mini-RPV on trailer launcher
Shorts Skyspy surveillance and general purpose RPV
Current Praeire IIB mini-RPV, powered by an 8 hp Kolbo Korp engine and having a gross weight of 120 Ib (54-4 kg)
The original Praeire I (Latin for “leading soldier") mini-RPV developed for the USAF in 1973. It had a 10 ft (3.05 m) wing span and carried a 25 Ib (11.3 kg) payload comprising a TV camera and a laser transmitter.
Praeire II, evaluated in the US Army’s RPAODS competition in 1974, was of glassfibre construction. It had a 12 ft (3.66 m) wing span and a gross weight of less than 90 Ib (41 kg)
Cdr Benson with XD 110A
Mrs Benson with XD 110B
AMR RPV-004 testbed RPV
AMR Ryan-Benson RPV-007 half-scale testbed for the Teledyne Ryan Model 272
Radar cross-section mockup ot the Teledyne Model 272 mini-RPV
Artist’s impression of the Teledyne Ryan Model 272 mini-RPV, to be evaluated by the US Navy
Launch of a Beechcraft Model 1089 VSTT variable-speed training target with JATO booster
Model of the Beechcraft Tactical Expendable Drone System RPV (TEDS)
DSI Sky Eye B mini-RPV, without annular propeller duct
DSI-built prototype for testing the launch and recovery system of the Lockheed Aquila mini-RPV
Scout mini-RPV developed by Developmental Sciences Inc
Wind-tunnel half-scale test model (inverted) of the Lockheed Aquila mini-RPV for the US Army
E-systems E-45 twin-boom mini-RPV
Fairchild sailwing RPV, showing the basic configuration of this family of vehicles
Kaman Ship Tethered Aerial Platform (STAPL) prototype
Feasibility model oJ McDonnell Douglas Astronautics mini-RPV, tested in 1973
NASA Mini-Sniffer I high-altitude mini-RPV for atmospheric research
NASA Mini-Sniffer II high-altitude mini-RPV for atmospheric research
Second prototype of the Teledyne Ryan YQM-98A Compass Cope R long-endurance high-altitude strategic RPV
Configuration of Teledyne Ryan Model 275, the proposed production version of the Compass Cope R