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The BQM-74F was developed by Northrop Grumman under a U.S. Navy System Development and Demonstration (SDD) contract. Building on the proven success of the BQM-74E, the BQM-74F improves the speed, range, maneuverability, and endurance, increases the payload capability, modernizes the support equipment and retains the utility of a portable, deployable system.

A new airframe with swept wings and tails coupled with an upgrade to the thrust of the BQM-74 engine from 240 to 300 pounds pushes the speed to 0.92M at sea level and increases maneuverability to eight-g instantaneous (five-g sustained). Aggressive all-axis weave maneuvers down to seven feet provide threat representative ingress maneuvers. Waypoint navigation is a standard operating mode for the BQM-74F using the integrated IMU/GPS avionics system. Mission planning capability integrated into the PC based support equipment provides detailed mission plans verified with imbedded 6- DOF simulation capability for pre-flight verification. Six missions of up to 70 waypoints are pre-programmable and selected both pre and post launch. Mission profile may be adjusted via the command and control data link. The weave capability includes pre-programmed fixed circular and flat weave maneuvers and user programmable weaves. PC based field test equipment provides real time simulation of programmable weaves prior to download into the air vehicle avionics, and pre-loaded weave maneuvers may be selected after launch. All these features make the BQM-74F the foremost cruise missile replicator available.

Work on this contract began in March 2002, with the first F model unveiled Aug. 22, 2005. The BQM-74F can fly 70 percent farther than the E model. It is also 15 percent faster and offers a 75 percent increase in endurance.

First flight was completed Aug. 29, 2005, at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division sea range at Point Mugu, Calif. Once the target was launched, it flew nearly an hour, meeting all of the test objectives, and was successfully recovered for reuse.

BQM-74F Technical Specifications

Length 15 ft (4.5 m)
Wingspan   7 ft (2.1 m)
Range 500 nm (926 km)
Altitude Low 7 ft (2.1 m)
Altitude High 40,000 ft (12.2 km)
Speed           600 Knots at Sea Level
Weight 260 Ibs (281 kg)
Endurance 120 Minutes
Navigation GPS/IMU
Fuel Jet Fuel (JP-5, JP-8 or Jet A-I)
Payloads Passive or Active Radar Augmentation
Seeker Simulators
Infrared Augmentation
Tow System
Scoring Systems
Electronic Countermeasures


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