The converted aircraft, designated QF-4s, provide the air force with full-size, remotely controlled aircraft that allow aircrews to train in highly realistic air combat manoeuvring, including live weapons launch.
BAE Systems will perform the modification work on 16 aircraft for the air force and four aircraft for the navy at its facility in Mojave,
‘This award is the third of five options exercised under an air force contract signed in 1992 and in effect until 2013,’ said Mike Dismukes, acting vice president and general manager of Flight Systems for BAE Systems in Mojave.
To date, BAE Systems has converted 217 F-4s to the QF-4 configuration.
BAE Systems will deliver the aircraft to Tyndall Air Force Base,