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.