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Griffon Aerospace MQM-170 Outlaw

United States (2004)
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Introduced in 2004, the Griffon Aerospace MQM-170 Outlaw fulfills a variety of roles for the U.S. military including that of target drone and UAV training.


Detailing the development and operational history of the Griffon Aerospace MQM-170 Outlaw Target Drone / ISR / Trainer UAV.  Entry last updated on 6/19/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

Developed as a low-cost Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) for military applications, the Griffon Aerospace MQM-170A "Outlaw" serves the United States Army and Navy in air defense training. Griffon Aerospace was founded in 1993 out of Madison, Alabama by aerospace engineer Larry French. French began the company after finding success in developing a six-person, single engine biplane aircraft (the "Lionheart") as a private venture. Sales of this product eventually led French to enter the UAV realm.

The Outlaw was introduced in July of 2004 and has been in production since - totals surpassing the 3,000 unit mark in 2012.

The Outlaw utilizes a largely conventional aircraft layout that includes a slender fuselage, straight monoplane wings, and a "Vee" tail unit. The fuselage contains the avionics suite, mission kit, fuel stores, and powerplant. The Vee tail sports a pair of outward-canted vertical fins. As with other prop-driven UAVs, Outlaw is arranged with its two-blade propeller unit in a "pusher" configuration driving the aircraft through the air. Power is from a single 3W Model 150i two-cylinder, two-stroke piston engine developing 17 horsepower.

Typically launched by way of a pneumatic catapult system (with a skid landing recovery), the Outlaw can also have a tricycle undercarriage installed for traditional runway take-off and landing. The Outlaw can even be launched from its catapult with the undercarriage in place thus allowing for runway landings on the return trip (such finesse can appreciated when managing an expensive sensor and optics payload). Control of the aircraft is either through preset GPS waypoints or by manual control with a ground-based operator. Operational ranges reach 60 nautical miles.

Outlaw's mission load is variable to help suit the customer (and mission) requirement. Its payload can house up to 40 lb of equipment and bays located near the center of the fuselage can be used for equipment or fuel stores as required.

Griffon Aerospace markets an entire line of UAV products including the similar-looking (though dimensionally larger) "Broadsword", the high performance "Outlaw G2" with its high-mounted wings and "Tee" style tail unit, and the twin-engine, twin-boom "Outlaw SeaHunter" tactical UAV.

Any available statistics for the Griffon Aerospace MQM-170 Outlaw Target Drone / ISR / Trainer UAV are showcased in the areas immediately below. Categories include basic specifications covering country-of-origin, operational status, manufacture(s) and total quantitative production. Other qualities showcased are related to structural values (namely dimensions), installed power and standard day performance figures, installed or proposed armament and mission equipment (if any), global users (from A-to-Z) and series model variants (if any).






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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 150mph
Lo: 75mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (121mph).

    Graph average of 112.5 miles-per-hour.
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
3000
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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Origin: United States
Year: 2004
Type: Target Drone / ISR / Trainer UAV
Manufacturer(s): Griffon Aerospace - USA
Production: 3,000
Status: Active, In-Service
Global Operators:
United States
Historical Commitments / Honors:

Military lapel ribbon for Operation Allied Force
Military lapel ribbon for the Arab-Israeli War
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Britain
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Midway
Military lapel ribbon for the Berlin Airlift
Military lapel ribbon for the Chaco War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cold War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cuban Missile Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Falklands War
Military lapel ribbon for the French-Indochina War
Military lapel ribbon for the Golden Age of Flight
Military lapel ribbon for the 1991 Gulf War
Military lapel ribbon for the Indo-Pak Wars
Military lapel ribbon for the Iran-Iraq War
Military lapel ribbon for the Korean War
Military lapel ribbon for the 1982 Lebanon War
Military lapel ribbon for the Malayan Emergency
Military lapel ribbon for the attack on Pearl Harbor
Military lapel ribbon for the Six Day War
Military lapel ribbon for the Soviet-Afghan War
Military lapel ribbon for the Spanish Civil War
Military lapel ribbon for the Suez Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
Military lapel ribbon for Warsaw Pact of the Cold War-era
Military lapel ribbon for the WASP (WW2)
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 1
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 2
Military lapel ribbon for the Yom Kippur
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Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Griffon Aerospace MQM-170 Outlaw model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
0


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
8.86 ft


Meters
2.7 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
13.62 ft


Meters
4.15 m


Weight
EMPTY


Pounds
119 lb


Kilograms
54 kg

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Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
1 x 3W model 150i two-cylinder piston engine in "pusher" configuration driving two-blade aft propeller unit.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
121 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
195 kph


Knots
105 kts


Performance
RANGE


Miles
137 mi


Kilometers
220 km


Nautical Miles
119 nm


Performance
CEILING


Feet
16,076 ft


Meters
4,900 m


Miles
3.04 mi

Armament - Hardpoints (0):

None. Maximum mission payload of 40lbs.
Variants: Series Model Variants
• MQM-170 "Outlaw" - Base Series Designation
• MQM-170A - U.S. military designation for initial systems
• Outlaw G2 - Updated platform with dimensionally larger airframe and reinforced wing structure; increased mission capabilities through greater payload, mission endurance, and agility.