UAS & Robotics

Air Force target drone crashes during take-off

An unmanned Air Force QF-4 full-scale drone crashed on the runway during take-off on July 17.

The QF-4 was assigned to the 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. The WEG conducts the Air Force's air-to-air Combat Archer and air-to-ground Combat Hammer weapon system evaluation programs. No personnel were injured during the incident.

The Q-F4 drone is a reusable full-scale target drone modified from the F-4 Phantom. It is used to simulate enemy aircraft maneuvers and is equipped to carry electronic and infrared countermeasures to evaluate fighters and weapons flown and fired against it.

The Q-F4 can be flown totally by computer by using the Gulf Range Drone Control System or can be controlled manually using a mobile control station located at the drone runway.

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