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Lockheed Martin Polecat (P-175)


UAV Technology Demonstrator (2005)


Aviation / Aerospace

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 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.
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



Service Year
2005

Origin
United States national flag graphic
United States

Status
RETIRED
Not in Service.
Crew
0
UNMANNED
Production
1
UNITS


Lockheed Martin - USA
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(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
X-Plane (Developmental, Prototype, Technology Demonstrator)
Aircraft developed for the role of prototyping, technology demonstration, or research / data collection.
Unmanned Capability
Aircraft inherently designed (or later developed) with an unmanned capability to cover a variety of over-battlefield roles.


Width/Span
90.0 ft
(27.44 m)
MTOW
8,995 lb
(4,080 kg)
(Showcased structural values pertain to the base Lockheed Martin Polecat (P-175) production variant)
Installed: 2 x Williams FJ44-3E turbofan engines developing 3,010lb of thrust each.
Ceiling
65,617 ft
(20,000 m | 12 mi)
(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the base Lockheed Martin Polecat (P-175) production variant. Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database. View aircraft by powerplant type)
None.


"Polecat" - Base Product Designation.
P-175 - Company Model Designation.


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