BAE Systems Delivers Its 300th F-4 Flying Drone for U.S. Air Force

  BAE Systems Delivers Its 300th F-4 Flying Drone for U.S. Air Force

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MOJAVE, Calif. -- November 12, 2012

BAE Systems has successfully converted its 300^th F-4 Phantom fighter jet into
an unmanned flying drone for the U.S. Air Force. The achievement is a
significant milestone in the 16-year-long QF-4 program, which provides
full-scale, remotely controlled aerial targets that the Air Force uses for
weapons testing and aircraft training.

BAE Systems has delivered its 300th F-4 flying drone to the U.S. Air Force.
(Photo: BAE Systems)

BAE Systems has delivered its 300th F-4 flying drone to the U.S. Air Force.
(Photo: BAE Systems)

The QF-4 work is conducted at BAE Systems’ 123,000-square-foot hangar in
Mojave, California. Approximately 100 employees provide a range of services to
transform decommissioned F-4s into QF-4s, a complex process that typically
takes about six months. Depending on the condition of the F-4s, the services
may include systems engineering and integration; electrical, mechanical, and
software engineering; and various types of structural alterations.

“Our proven performance on this program exemplifies our global capabilities to
upgrade and modify aircraft,” said Gordon Eldridge, vice president and general
manager of Aerospace Solutions at BAE Systems. “We have been the sole provider
of QF-4s for the Air Force since 1996. Congratulations to the entire Mojave
team, which now has more than 35 years of combined experience and a solid
track record of success.”

There are 14 more QF-4s scheduled for delivery by the middle of 2013. After
each conversion is complete, the aircraft is flown to Tyndall Air Force Base
in Florida and other training sites, where it is used primarily for target
practice.

In addition to the QF-4 program, BAE Systems offers military customers around
the world a range of services for aircraft upgrades and modifications,
including for F-16 fighters and C-130 transports. These services include
state-of-the-art avionics and electronics upgrades, as well as heavy
maintenance support and structural modification programs.

For more information about these capabilities, visit
www.baesystems.com/aircraftmod.

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Contact:

BAE Systems
Neil Franz
Office: 301-838-6446
Mobile: 240-687-0127
neil.franz@baesystems.com
www.baesystems.com
 
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