BQM-145 Peregrine

The BQM-145 Peregrine was an unmanned aerial vehicle which was developed and manufactured by the US firm Teledyne Ryan for the US Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force. It first flew in 1992. The BQM-145 was designed to relay real time reconnaissance information, preceding airstrikes into a target area. Launched from a F-16 or a F/A-18 aircraft, the BQM-145A was powered by a single Teledyne CAE 382-10C (F408-CA-400) turbofan engine. It had a range of 810 miles (1.300 km) and a maximum speed of 690 mph (1,115 km/h).

Although the BQM-145A was meant to be manufactured with metal airframes, the two initial prototypes were built with plastic composites. Because of budget cutbacks and technical problems, this unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) program was cancelled in 1993. Nevertheless, Northrop Grumman continued to use the Peregrine for other experiments for some time. The BQM-145A had some broad similarities to the Scarab, with a similar configuration except that it has twin air intakes on either side of the fuselage, just forward of the wing roots. Like the Scarab, it had no landing gear.

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