Directory of U.S. Military Rockets and Missiles|
Appendix 4: Undesignated Vehicles
|Copyright © 2004 Andreas Parsch|
The RPD-2 Paradel mini-RPV was built for the U.S. Naval Surface Weapons Center by the Applied Physics Laboratory of the Johns Hopkins University. It first flew in June 1975.
The RPD-2 was launched from a catapult and powered by a single McCulloch MC-101A piston engine. For recovery, a parachute system was installed, and airbags stowed in the wings softened the ground impact. The drone's equipment included a passive radar augmentation device in the nose and a Luneberg lens in a tailfin fairing.
|Photo: via Jane's|
Four RPD-2s were built, and they were used by the Navy to evaluate new ship-board fire control systems and gun ranging radars. This test program ended around 1979/80.
Data for RPD-2 Paradel:
|Length||2.06 m (6 ft 9 in)|
|Wingspan||2.03 m (6 ft 8 in)|
|Height||0.72 m (2 ft 4.25 in)|
|Weight||46 kg (101 lb)|
|Speed||258 km/h (173 mph)|
|Ceiling||5500 m (18000 ft)|
|Propulsion||McCulloch MC-101A piston engine; 7.5 kW (10 hp)|
 Kenneth Munson: "World Unmanned Aircraft", Jane's, 1988
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