Alliant RQ-6 “Outrider”
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[Alliant Techsystems RQ-6 “Outrider” (119), on display 8/3/2011 Fort Huachuca Army Base, Arizona, (AFIA photos copyright © 2011 AFIA)]
The RQ-6 Outrider unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was designed to provide near-real-time reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition information to United States Marine Corps air/ground task forces, United States Army brigades, and deployed United States Navy units that was small enough for an entire system to be contained on two Humvees and trailer and transported on a single Lockheed C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft.
The project began in 1996 and was cancelled in 1999.
The "R" is the Department of Defense designation for reconnaissance; "Q" means unmanned aircraft system. The "6" refers to its being the sixth of a series of purpose-built unmanned reconnaissance aircraft systems.
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