Teledyne Ryan AQM-34V "Firebee" The AQM-34V, electronic countermeasures drone was developed from the BQM-34A jet-powered, subsonic target drone first produced in 1960.  It was one of a series of remotely piloted vehicles (RPV) used for combat electronic countermeasures in Southeast Asia.

In 1967, the Air Force initiated the "Combat Angle" program to modify AQM-34Gs for pre-strike electronic countermeasures (ECM) missions, because too many manned ECM aircraft were lost over North Vietnam.  However, with the bombing halt in November 1968, the pre-strike ECM capability was no longer needed, and no modified AQM-34Gs were used operational in that role.  "Combat Angle" was revived in 1974, and Teledyne Ryan was awarded a contract to modify surviving AQM-34H/Js to a standardized ECM version designated AQM-34V.  The AQM-34V was first flight tested in March 1976.  It was launched from a C-130 director aircraft and equipped with active jamming equipment and AN/ALE-2 and -38 chaff dispenser pods.  About 60 AQM-34Vs were built

Warner Robins Air Logistics Center (WR-ALC) is responsible for program management for all AQM-34 type RPVs in the USAF.  The AQM-34V on display was delivered to the USAF in January 1977 and assigned to WR-ALC for storage.  It remained in storage until 1984 when it was released to the Museum for display.


Span 15 feet
Length 26 feet
Weight 3750 lbs
Armament None
Engines Continental J69
Cost $469,000
Serial Number 74-2147
Maximum Speed 645 mph
Range 750 miles
Service Ceiling 50,000 feet



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