1/16/2008 - HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, NM -- The
first-ever launch of an air to ground missile from a
full scale aerial target drone was completed Jan. 9 by
Detachment 1, 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron located at
Holloman Air Force Base, NM.
The FSAT is an unmanned QF-4 Phantom Drone that was
operated by remote control from a ground station, said
Maj. John Markle, Det. 1, 82 ATRS operations officer.
"This is the first air to ground missile fired off an
unmanned full scale aerial target," said Major Markle.
"This test is an important part of the Det. 1 mission
because it increases survivability of our Airmen going
against SAM (surface-to-air-missile) threats.
Furthermore, it's the first time the drone has been
able to shoot back."
"It makes airpower more lethal," said Major Markle.
"This is a new high-speed, anti-radiation missile the
Navy designed to defeat SAM threats; overall this
mission is going to benefit the Department of
"With this successful test, we have pioneered a new
venue to test forward firing ordnance without risk to
valuable air assets or crew members," said Lt. Col.
Joel Rush, Det. 1, 82 ATRS commander.
The detachment is currently testing F-35 components,
and has conducted tests for the F-22A Raptor, PATRIOT
and HAWK SAM systems.
Source: USAF Press Release by Airman 1st Class