4/12/2007 - BAE Systems has received a $26.5 million
contract to convert 20 F-4 Phantom fighter jets to
full-scale aerial targets for the U.S. Air Force.
The converted aircraft, designated QF-4s, provide the
Air Force with full-size, remotely controlled aircraft
that allow aircrews to train in highly realistic air
combat maneuvering, including live weapons launch.
BAE Systems will perform the modification work on 16
aircraft for the Air Force and four aircraft for the
Navy at its facility in Mojave, California. Production
will be completed by July 2009.
“This award is the third of five options exercised
under an Air Force contract signed in 1992 and in
effect until 2013,” said Mike Dismukes, acting vice
president and general manager of Flight Systems for
BAE Systems in Mojave. “It continues our position as a
quality provider of QF-4s to the Air Force.”
To date, BAE Systems has converted 217 F-4s to the
BAE Systems will deliver the aircraft to Tyndall Air
Force Base, Florida. The drones will be used in
development of new weapons systems and to ensure that
current U.S. combat systems remain capable of
neutralizing enemy aircraft.
The contracting office is the 691st Armament Systems
Squadron at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.
Source: BAE Systems Press Release