A GQM-163A Coyote flies over the bow of a U.S. Navy observation ship during a routine test.
|Length||5.62m (18 ft 5.2 in) (without booster), 9.56m (31 ft 4.2 in) (incl. booster)|
|Diameter||35 cm (13.8 in), booster: 46 cm (17.99 in)|
|Propellant||Aerojet MARC-R-282 solid-fueled ducted rocket/ramjet engine|
|>222 km (120nm) circa 445km (240nm) |
|Flight ceiling||60,000 feet|
|Flight altitude||Sea-skimming: 15 feet (cruise phase), 13ft (terminal phase)|
|Boost time||Hercules MK 70 solid-fueled rocket|
|Speed||Mach 3.0-4.0 at 35,000-60,000ft, Mach 2.5 at 13-15ft|
The GQM-163 Coyote is a supersonic seaskimming target built by Orbital Sciences and used by the United States Navy as a successor to the MQM-8 Vandal. Orbital's proposal was chosen over the MA-31, a joint venture between Boeing and Zvezda-Strela. Orbital was awarded their contract for the development of the Coyote SSST in June 2000.
The Coyote is initially boosted by a Hercules MK-70 booster, of similar design to those used by the now obsolete RIM-67 Standard ER missiles. After the booster stage is expended the missile switches to an Aerojet MARC-R-282 solid-fuel rocket /ramjet engine for sustaining its flight. 
- Orbital Sciences Corporation GQM-163A Coyote Fact Sheet
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- Directory of US Military Rockets and Missiles
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