Directory of U.S. Military Rockets and Missiles
Copyright © 2024 Andreas Parsch

Kratos MQM-178 Firejet

The MQM-178A Firejet is a small turbojet-powered target drone used for surface-to-air and air-to-air weapon systems training. The drone is launched by a mobile pneumatic launcher, and recovered by parachute. Payloads of the drone, carried internally or on wing stations, include proximity-scoring devices, tow targets, radar augmentors and IR augmentors. The MQM-178A is in production since 2019.

Photo: Robert Frola, Aviation Photographer


Note: Data given by several sources show slight variations. Figures given below may therefore be inaccurate!

Data for MQM-178A:

Length3.3 m (10.8 ft)
Wingspan1.9 m (6.5 ft)
Weight145 kg (320 lb)
SpeedMach 0.69
Ceiling10700 m (35000 ft)
Propulsion2x JetCat turbojet; 360 N (81 lb) each

Main Sources

[1] Kratos Defense Website
[2] Airforce Technology: "MQM-178 Firejet Target Drone"

Back to Current Designations Of U.S. Unmanned Military Aerospace Vehicles
Back to Directory of U.S. Military Rockets and Missiles

Last Updated: 1 January 2024