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.
A GQM-163A Coyote test launch in May 2004.
|Length||5.62m (18 ft 5.2 in) (without booster), 9.56m (31 ft 4.2 in) (incl. booster)|
|Diameter||35 cm (13.8 in), booster: 46 cm (17.99 in)|
|Propellant||Aerojet MARC-R-282 solid-fueled ducted rocket/ramjet engine|
|45 nmi (84 km)|
|Flight ceiling||55,000 feet|
|Flight altitude||Sea-skimming: 30 feet (cruise phase), 15ft (terminal phase)|
|Boost time||Hercules MK 70 solid-fueled rocket|
|Speed||Mach 3.0-4.0 at 5,000-55,000ft, Mach 2.6 at 30-15ft|
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.
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.
- Aster Slays The Russian Dragon
- Directory of US Military Rockets and Missiles
- "GQM-163 SSST: A Tricky Coyote to Match Wits With Defenses". Retrieved 2010-08-17.
- Orbital tapped for Coyote supersonic sea skimming targets for Navy, Stephen Carlson, SpaceDaily.com, 2018-07-03
- ANZAC upgrade completes final acceptance trial
- Latest GQM-163 SSST contract includes first sale to Japan