Alliant RQ-6 Outrider

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RQ-6 Outrider
Role Remote controlled UAV
Manufacturer Alliant Techsystems
Primary users United States Marine Corps
United States Army, United States Navy
Produced 1996–1999

The Alliant RQ-6 Outrider unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was designed to provide near-real-time reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition information to United States Marine Corps air/ground task forces, United States Army brigades, and deployed United States Navy units that was small enough for an entire system to be contained on two Humvees and trailer and transported on a single C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft.

The project began in 1996 and was cancelled in 1999.

The "R" is the Department of Defense designation for reconnaissance; "Q" means unmanned aircraft system. The "6" refers to its being the sixth of a series of purpose-built unmanned aircraft systems.


Data from,[1] UAV Annual Report FY 1996[2]

General characteristics


Possible Patent Infringement[edit]

The Outrider wing configuration and design was similar if not exact to that developed by Skywardens Limited and its subsidiary Skywardens Aerospace (Canada) Inc. Patent No.:

Publication number US4856736 A
Publication type Grant
Application number US 07/211,754
Publication date Aug 15, 1989
Filing date Jun 27, 1988

Controversially, neither Skywardens Limited nor the collective group of "Inventors" was ever asked permission by Alliant Techsystems or its representatives to reproduce the design.

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Related lists


  1. ^ "Outrider Tactical UAV". 2005-04-26. 
  2. ^ "UAV Annual Report FY 1996" (PDF). Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition & Technology) Defense Airborne Reconnaissance Office. 6 November 1996. p. 31 (p. 39 in PDF). 

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