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USN and Japan to receive sea-skimming targets

5th November 2020 - 08:45 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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​GQM-163A Coyote helps navies to train against anti-ship cruise missiles

Northrop Grumman is to manufacture and deliver 19 full-rate production (Lot 14) GQM-163A Coyote supersonic sea-skimming targets, under a $57.10 million contract from Naval Air Systems Command. 

The deal also includes the provision of associated technical and administrative data. 

The USN will receive 16 of the Coyotes, with the remaining three to be supplied to Japan under the FMS programme.

Work is expected to be completed in December 2023.

Shephard Defence Insight describes the GQM-163A as a two-stage aerial target that can simulate an anti-ship cruise missile approaching at Mach 2.5 at 15ft, or a high-altitude threat diving from 60,000ft.

Orders for Coyote have been placed by Australia and France as well as Japan. 

Shephard Defence Insight describes the GQM-163A Coyote as a two-stage aerial target that can simulate a threat approaching at Mach 2.5 at 15ft or a high-altitude threat diving from 60,000ft.

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