What Do You Do With Old F-4 Phantoms? Shoot 'em, If You Can
BAe Systems has received a $17.3 million U.S. Air
Force contract to produce 24 QF-4 aerial targets. QF-4 aerial
targets are F-4 fighter aircraft modified into full-scale drones.
The remotely-piloted aircraft are used by the military as realistic
targets in test and training exercises.
The contract is the ninth lot in a series of awards that BAE
SYSTEMS Flight Systems in Mojave (CA), is working on to provide
Full-Scale Aerial Targets (FSAT). Deliveries will begin in August
2004. Flight Systems is also expecting to be awarded Lots 10
through 14 in February 2004, for work through 2010.
The Mojave site specializes in converting jet fighters into
drones, building sub-scale drones, and modifying and upgrading
aircraft. Flight Systems currently employs approximately 140 people