Northrop Grumman Company is celebrating the one centesimal launch of its GQM-163A “Coyote” goal automobile, which continues to assist the important mission of testing ship anti-cruise missile defenses for U.S. and allied navies. The Coyote is a threat-representative goal the U.S. Navy makes use of to organize, practice, and qualify programs and crews aboard naval vessels. Northrop Grumman initially designed the goal as a Mach 2.5+ sea skimming goal and later added the potential to realize Mach 3.5+ as a diving goal from an altitude of over 50,000 toes. Naval Air Methods Command awarded Northrop Grumman this program in 2000 with its preliminary launch in 2003.

“The distinctive velocity, efficiency and flexibility of this goal has enabled us to fulfill a number of mission situations for our buyer for over 20 years,” stated Wealthy Straka, vp, launch autos, Northrop Grumman. “As the one supersonic sea skimming goal produced in the US, the Coyote is a part of a household of tactical targets that ensures U.S. Navy programs are prepared and succesful to defend towards threats.”


The GQM-163 Coyote is a supersonic sea skimming goal constructed by Northrop Grumman (previously Orbital ATK) and utilized by the US Navy as a successor to the MQM-8 Vandal. Orbital’s proposal was chosen over the MA-31, a three way partnership between Boeing and Zvezda-Strela. The Coyote is initially boosted by a Hercules MK-70 booster, of comparable design to these utilized by the now out of date RIM-67 Customary ER missiles. After the booster stage is expended the missile switches to an Aerojet MARC-R-282 solid-fuel rocket /ramjet engine for sustaining its flight. In July 2018, Orbital Sciences Corp was awarded a US$52m modification to its current contract, for 18 Lot 12 targets plus some Overseas Army Gross sales.

Northrop Grumman Company is an American multinational aerospace and protection expertise firm. With 90,000 staff and an annual income in extra of $30 billion, it is without doubt one of the world’s largest weapons producers and navy expertise suppliers. The agency ranks No. 96 on the 2020 Fortune 500 checklist of America’s largest firms. Northrop Grumman and its trade companions have gained the Collier Trophy eight instances, most lately for creating the X-47B, the primary unmanned, autonomous air system to function from an plane provider. Northrop Grumman pioneering options equip our clients with capabilities they should join, advance and shield the U.S. and its allies.

Northrop Grumman’s GQM 163-A “Coyote” is a goal automobile used to simulate superior anti-ship cruise missile threats.