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Lockheed Martin Polecat (P-175)


UAV Technology Demonstrator


The sole Lockheed P-175 Polecat UAV aircraft crashed in 2006, leading to program termination by the end of the year.
Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 10/15/2019
The Lockheed Martin "Polecat" was a private venture high-altitude, Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) flying wing development intended for data collection and research. Recording a first flight in 2005, the Polecat led a very short life cycle as it crashed on December 18th, 2006 when communications with the ground unit was lost. The project was terminated two days later. It was first showcased for public consumption at Farnborough Air Show 2006. It was known in company nomenclature as "P-175".

As built, the Polecat featured a wingspan of 90 feet. It grossed 9,000lbs when at rest and held a payload capacity for up to 1,000lbs of internally-held mission equipment. Power was through 2 x Williams FJ44-3E turbofan engines, each developing 3,010lbs of thrust output. This provided the aircraft with a service ceiling of up to 65,000 feet and a flight endurance window of up to four hours.






Specifications



Year:
2005
Status
Retired, Out-of-Service
Crew
0
[ 1 Units ] :
Lockheed Martin - USA
National flag of United States United States
- X-Plane / Developmental
- Unmanned
Width/Span:
90.03 ft (27.44 m)
(Showcased structural dimension values pertain to the Lockheed Martin Polecat (P-175) production model)
MTOW:
8,995 lb (4,080 kg)
(Diff: +8,995lb)
(Showcased weight values pertain to the Lockheed Martin Polecat (P-175) production model)
2 x Williams FJ44-3E turbofan engines developing 3,010lb of thrust each.
(Showcased powerplant information pertains to the Lockheed Martin Polecat (P-175) production model)
Service Ceiling:
65,617 feet (20,000 m; 12.43 miles)
(Showcased performance values pertain to the Lockheed Martin Polecat (P-175) production model; Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database)
None.
(Showcased armament details pertain to the Lockheed Martin Polecat (P-175) production model)
"Polecat" - Base Product Designation.
P-175 - Company Model Designation.

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