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AQM-60 Kingfisher

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The AQM-60 Kingfisher, developed by Lockheed Martin, was a target version of the USAF's X-7 test aircraft. The X-7's development began in 1946 after a request from the USAF for a Mach 3 unmanned test vehicle. This unmanned test craft eventually evolved into the Kingfisher when the need arose for a target to test anti-missile systems such as the SAM-A-7/MIM-3 Nike Ajax, SAM-A-25/MIM-14 Nike Hercules, and IM-99/CIM-10. Unfortunately for the tests the Kingfisher proved a bit too precise, managing to evade the vast majority of the anti-missile systems and only being shot down a few times during the tests. This, coupled with political fall-out from the program, led to the eventual discontinuation of production in 1959 and the cancellation of the project in the mid 1960s.


Length 11.6 m (38 ft)
Wingspan 3.0 m (10 ft)
Height 2.1 m (7 ft)
Diameter 61 cm (20 in)
Weight 3,600 kg (8,000 lb)
Ceiling 30,000 m (100,000 ft)
Speed Mach 4.3; 4,500 km/h (2,800 mph)
Range 210 km (130 miles)
Booster 2x Thiokol XM45 (5KS50000) solid-fuel rocket; 222 kN (50,000 lb) each for 5 s
Sustainer Marquardt XRJ43-MA ramjet


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