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Kratos BQM-167 Skeeter

United States (2008)
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The Kratos BQM-167 Sleeter is used by the American military in the aerial training drone role and can be fitted with active, responsive systems.


Detailing the development and operational history of the Kratos BQM-167 Skeeter Unmanned Aerial Training Drone.  Entry last updated on 5/21/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

The aerial target drone has had a long and healthy service life in the military sphere where its value lays in providing active weapons-release training for airmen. Kratos Unmanned Systems offers several products to fulfill such a requirement and one of its systems is the BQM-167 "Skeeter" (also recognized as the "Air Force Subscale Aerial Target" (AFSAT). The Skeeter was originally developed for use by the United States Air Force (USAF) and is valued for possessing "fighter-like" qualities akin to 4th Generation Fighter mounts. Kratos has made considerable inroads into the United States defense circle by providing such unmanned target solutions now to all of the major service of the American military. In USAF service, the Skeeter succeeded the MQM-107 "Streaker" by Beechcraft in same role.

NOTE: The BQM-167 is an original product of Composite Engineering, Incorporated which was acquired by Kratos Defense and Security Solutions.

The aircraft has a conventional external arrangement which sees a centralized fuselage housing all pertinent mission, avionics, fuel and propulsion components within a slender, streamlined design. The tail unit has a traditional single-finned configuration with low-mounted horizontal planes. All tail surfaces are swept back. The wing mainplanes are set low against the fuselage sides and are also swept rearwards. Pods are affixed to each wingtip. The vehicle is launched into the air by way of a ramp through rocket-assistance. It falls back to the ground by way of parachute for recovery and reuse.

Prototypes of the BQM-167 were first-flown in 2001 and garnered the interest of the USAF in 2002. Test articles were furnished thereafter, leading to a first-batch purchase in March of 2006. Initial Operating Capability (IOC) was had during 2008.

The primary BQM-167A model form has an overall length of 20 feet with a wingspan measuring 10.5 feet. Empty weight is 700lb against a maximum weight is 2,050lb. It is powered by a single French-originated Safran Microturbo TR-60-5 series air-breathing turbojet engine offering 990 lbf thrust output and allowing the air vehicle to reach speeds of Mach 0.91 and up to 9g force maneuvers. The air vehicle can hit altitudes nearing 50,000 feet - a quality seen in many modern 4th Generation Fighter types. The system can fit payloads both internally and externally and can support passive radar, an Electronic CounterMeasures (ECM) fit, a defensive chaff and flare dispenser and an Identification Friend-or-Foe capability - all used to better mimic the capabilities of a modern military aircraft.

The foreign sale version of the BQM-167 is designated as BQM-167I. The series has not been exported as of yet (2018).

December 2017 - From a U. S. Army contract announced on December 27th, 2017, the service plans to procure some seventy to eighty total target drones to replace its dwindled stock of MQM-107 "Streaker" drones. The first batch of BQM-167 drones is set to be delivered during 2018.

Any available statistics for the Kratos BQM-167 Skeeter Unmanned Aerial Training Drone 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: 750mph
Lo: 375mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (690mph).

    Graph average of 562.5 miles-per-hour.
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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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: 2008
Type: Unmanned Aerial Training Drone
Manufacturer(s): Kratos Defense and Security Solutions (Composite Engineering, Incorporated) - USA
Production: 107
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 Kratos BQM-167A model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
0


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
20.01 ft


Meters
6.1 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
11.15 ft


Meters
3.4 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
3.94 ft


Meters
1.2 m


Weight
EMPTY


Pounds
694 lb


Kilograms
315 kg


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
1,422 lb


Kilograms
645 kg

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Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
1 x Safran Microturbo Tri 60-5+ turbojet engine developing 990lb of thrust.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
690 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
1,111 kph


Knots
600 kts


Performance
CEILING


Feet
49,213 ft


Meters
15,000 m


Miles
9.32 mi

Armament - Hardpoints (0):

None. Mission systems added as payload to mimic the qualities of a 4th Generation Fighter as a target.
Variants: Series Model Variants
• BQM-167 "Skeeter" - Base Series Deisgnation
• BQM-167A - Initial production model form