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In 1987, the U.S. Air Force began flight-testing the YCEM-138A Pave Cricket ECM mini-drone. The air vehicle was a YCQM-121A Pave Tiger drone equipped with a version of the AN/ALQ-176 radar jamming system. The YCEM-138A was designed to disrupt the acquisition radars of enemy air-defense systems, but the Pave Cricket program was cancelled in the 1988/89 time frame.
Note: Data given by several sources show slight variations. Figures given below may therefore be inaccurate!
Data for YCEM-138A (based on YCQM-121A):
|Length||2.12 m (6 ft 11.4 in)|
|Wingspan||2.57 m (8 ft 5 in)|
|Height||0.61 m (2 ft)|
|Speed||320 km/h (200 mph); loiter speed 145 km/h (90 mph)|
|Ceiling||3000 m (10000 ft)|
|Propulsion||Cuyuna 438 cc two-stroke piston engine; 21 kW (28 hp)|
booster: solid-propellant rocket
 Kenneth Munson: "World Unmanned Aircraft", Jane's, 1988
 Department of Defense Missile Nomenclature Records
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