Boeing has successfully completed the test flight of an F-16 Jet converted for use as a pilotless target plane. Re-named the QF-16, the jet was controlled by a fighter pilot on the ground at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida. The 19th September mission included auto takeoff, a series of simulated manoeuvres, supersonic flight, and an auto land.
More tests are lined up for the remote-controlled jet, including a live fire test at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico. The official purpose for the pilotless jet is for weapons testing and “other training” in the United States Navy, Army and Air Force.
Boeing has modified six F-16s into the QF-16 configuration and low scale production will now commence with delivery in 2015.
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