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.

Reader Comments

Please post your comments here. Comments are moderated, so they may not appear immediately after submitting. We will not post comments that we consider abusive or off-topic.

Your Name:(optional)
Your Email:(optional)
Your Location:(optional)
Please type the letters/numbers you see above