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Griffon Aerospace MQM-186 RedWing

The designations MQM-186A and MQM-186B have been assigned by the U.S. Army to two different variants of the Griffon RedWing subscale aerial target. The Army has quoted a requirement of 365 MQM-186 targets in the context of its ADA-T (Air Defense Artillery Targets) project, which also covers the MQM-170 Outlaw and MQM-171 Broadsword target drones.

Unfortunately, little information is available on the MQM-186. The Griffon Aerospace web site has no data on the RedWing, and all available details come from an U.S. Army performance evaluation sheet from 2021. The drone is catapult-launched, and retrieved by a belly landing. It is powered by a small model airplane piston engine driving a tractor propeller. It has an operational range (for line-of-sight control) of about 40 km (24 miles), a payload capacity between 6.3 and 8.1 kg (14 and 18 lb) and an endurance of about 5 hours.


Data for MQM-186A/B:

Length1.83 m (6.0 ft)
Wingspan3.08 m (10.1 ft)
Speed119 km/h (74 mph)140 km/h (87 mph)
Ceiling3600 m (16400 ft)
Endurance5 h
PropulsionSAITO FG-30Desert Aircraft DA-35

Main Sources

[1] U.S. Army's Air Defense Artillery Targets (ADA-T) Sources Sought ...
[2] GovTribe: MQM-186 Aerial Target Demonstrated Performance.pdf

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Last Updated: 3 January 2024