TELEDYNE RYAN AQM-34V "FIREBEE"

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.

 

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

 

 

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