Tyndall Air Force Base is located 12 miles east of Panama City.
The Panama City area, best known for its sugar-white sand and emerald green waters,
is a popular tourist destination. Tyndall AFB is home to 325th Fighter Wing, Headquarters,
1st Air Force, 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group and the 601st Air Operations Center.

Tyndall AFB & Drone launch

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BQM-167A in cover

BQM-167A jet engine ignition

BQM-167A jet engine ignition

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The BQM-167A is a high-performance, remotely-controlled subscale aerial target used to provide a threat-representative target drone to support the Air-to-Air Weapon System Evaluation Program and other Air Force and Department of Defense air-to-air test and evaluation programs.

BQM-167A rocket ignition

BQM-167A rocket ignition

BQM-167A Launch

BQM-167A Launch

BQM-167A Launch

BQM-167A jet engine ignition

The BQM-167A, manufactured by Composite Engineering Inc., is constructed of carbon fiber and epoxy-based materials. Composite materials allow significant increases in performance and endurance compared to previous targets, which were built mainly of aluminum. The BQM-167A is capable of speeds from 230 to 600 knots true airspeed at sea level with a maximum speed of 0.92 Mach. The drone can achieve flight altitudes from 50 feet above ground level to 50,000 feet mean sea level. Maneuvers include G-turns up to 9G's, and other aerial acrobatic turns.
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BQM-167A jet engine ignition

BQM-167A jet engine ignition

BQM-167A rocket ignition

BQM-167A rocket ignition

BQM-167A Launch

BQM-167A Launch

BQM-167A Launch

BQM-167A Launch

The drone is land-launched using a rocket assisted takeoff and launched from a rail system. The drone can be recovered by a parachute recovery system either from land or water. Recovered targets are repaired, tested and reused. The BQM-167A can carry a full range of current Air Force subscale target payloads which include a scoring system, infrared and radar enhancements, electronic attack pods and a chaff/flare dispenser set.

BQM-167A Launch

BQM-167A Launch

BQM-167A Launch

BQM-167A Launch

BQM-167A jet engine ignition

BQM-167A jet engine ignition

BQM-167A rocket ignition

BQM-167A rocket ignition

BQM-167A Launch

BQM-167A Launch

BQM-167A Launch

BQM-167A Launch

The 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron operates and maintains the target at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Two prototype targets were built and test flown in 2001. The BQM-167A was selected as the next-generation Air Force subscale aerial target in July 2002. A total of six targets were built for use during the flight performance demonstration, or FPD, phase with its first flight Dec. 8, 2004. A total of 13 FPD launches were done through March 2006.

First acceptance testing was completed in August 2006, and then pre-operational testing consisted of 13 test flights using production targets from August 2006 through June 2007.

The first BQM-167 air-to-air missile live-fire mission took place Feb. 7, 2007.

source : USAF

BQM-167A Launch

BQM-167A Launch

BQM-167A Launch

BQM-167A Launch

BQM-167A Launch

General Characteristics
Primary function:
Aerial target
Prime Contractor: Composite Engineering Inc.
Power plant: 1 MicroTurbo Tri 60-5+
Wingspan: 11 feet (3.4 meters)
Length: 20 feet (6.1 meters)
Height: 4 feet (1.2 meters)
Weight: 690 lbs empty, 2,200 lbs max (313,998 kilograms)
Thrust: 1,000 lbs (453.6 kilograms)
Speed: 0.92 Mach
Ceiling: 50,000 feet (15,240 meters)
Range: Not available
Cost: $570,000
Initial operating capability: 2008
Inventory: Active force, 37

 

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