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Boeing to convert QF-16 drones

written by australianaviation.com.au | March 11, 2010
Boeing will convert stored retired F-16s to QF-16 drones. (Gerard Frawley)
Boeing will convert stored retired F-16s to QF-16 drones. (Gerard Frawley)

The USAF has awarded Boeing a US$69.7m (A$76m) contract for the initial engineering, manufacturing and development of QF-16 full scale aerial targets.

The USAF requirement calls for up to 126 F-16s to be converted to QF-16 drones, with the aircraft being drawn from retired F-16A stocks. The first QF-16 is due to enter service from 2014, replacing a dwindling supply of QF-4s used as manned fighters or unmanned drones to support US flight test, evaluation and weapons programs.

Boeing says QF-16 design and development will take place in St Louis, while ground and flight testing and production will be completed at the Boeing’s at Cecil Field, Florida.

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Boeing has teamed with BAE Systems on the QF-16 program.

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