April 22, 2014

QF16: Unmanned Viper Takes Flight

by Frank Colucci

  A pilotless F-16 during flight. Photo: Boeing The U.S. Air Force expects the unmanned QF-16 to challenge fighter pilots and air defenders with a Full-Scale Aerial Target (FSAT) representative of a fourth-generation fighter threat. Like the QF-4 it will replace, the agile QF-16 will fly either manned or unmanned and work with existing telemetry/control systems. Boeing Global Services & Support (GS&S) integrated the QF-16 controls that enabled the Lockheed Martin Fighting Falcon/Viper to fly...

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