Target drone

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Ryan Firebee missile, used as a target drone.

A target drone is an unmanned aerial vehicle, generally remote controlled, usually used in the training of anti-aircraft crews.[1]

One of the earliest drones was the British DH.82 Queen Bee, operational from 1935. Its name led to the present term "drone".

In their simplest form, target drones often resemble radio-controlled model aircraft. More modern drones may use countermeasures, radar, and similar systems to mimic manned aircraft.[2]

More advanced drones are made from large, old missiles which have had their warheads removed.

Obsolete jet and propeller-powered aircraft (such as the Fairey Firefly, Gloster Meteor and de Havilland Sea Vixen used at RAE Llanbedr between the 1950s and 1990s) have also been modified into remote controlled drones, but such modifications are costly.

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  1. ^ "Avonds Scale Jets - Target Drones". Retrieved 2011-10-22. 
  2. ^ "Target Drones". Vector Site. Retrieved 2011-10-22. 
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