BAE Completes 300th AF QF-4 Drone Conversion; Gordon Eldridge Comments

BAE Completes 300th AF QF-4 Drone Conversion; Gordon Eldridge Comments - top government contractors - best government contracting eventBAE Systems has converted its 300th F-4 Phantom fighter jet into an unmanned flying drone for the U.S. Air Force under the QF-4 program, the company announced Monday.

For 16 years, the company has converted the F-4 into the QF-4 and provided the branch systems engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, software engineering, integration and structural alterations.

“We have been the sole provider of QF-4s for the Air Force since 1996,“ said Gordon Eldridge, vice president and general manager for aerospace solutions.

The Air Force uses the program to acquire remotely-controlled aerial targets for weapons testing and aircraft training.

BAE said 14 more QF-4 drones are scheduled for delivery by mid-2013, with the drones then flying to Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. and other training sites for target practice.

The company converts decommissioned F-4s into QF-4s at the company's 123,000-square-foot hangar in Mojave, Calif.

In a partnership with Northrop Grumman, BAE provided a laser guided rocket for Fire Scout unmanned helicopters.

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