GQM-163 Coyote

The GQM-163 Coyote is a supersonic sea skimming target built by Orbital Sciences and used by the United States Navy as a successor to the MQM-8 Vandal. Orbital's proposal was chosen over the MA-31, a joint venture between Boeing and Zvezda-Strela. Orbital was awarded their contract for the development of the Coyote SSST in June 2000.

GQM-163 Coyote
A GQM-163A Coyote test launch in May 2004.
Production history
ManufacturerOrbital Sciences
Specifications
Length5.62m (18 ft 5.2 in) (without booster), 9.56m (31 ft 4.2 in) (incl. booster)
Diameter35 cm (13.8 in), booster: 46 cm (17.99 in)

PropellantAerojet MARC-R-282 solid-fueled ducted rocket/ramjet engine
Operational
range
45 nmi (84 km) [1]
Flight ceiling55,000 feet
Flight altitudeSea-skimming: 30 feet (cruise phase), 15ft (terminal phase)
Boost timeHercules MK 70 solid-fueled rocket
SpeedMach 3.0-4.0 at 5,000-55,000ft, Mach 2.6 at 30-15ft [2]

The Coyote is initially boosted by a Hercules MK-70 booster, of similar design to those used by the now obsolete RIM-67 Standard ER missiles. After the booster stage is expended the missile switches to an Aerojet MARC-R-282 solid-fuel rocket /ramjet engine for sustaining its flight. [3][4][5]

In July 2018, Orbital Sciences Corp was awarded a US$52m modification to its existing contract, for 18 Lot 12 targets plus some Foreign Military Sales.[6]

Operators

Current operators

United States of America
France
Australia[7]
Japan[8]

References

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