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Boeing CEM-138 Pave Cricket

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):

Length2.12 m (6 ft 11.4 in)
Wingspan2.57 m (8 ft 5 in)
Height0.61 m (2 ft)
Speed320 km/h (200 mph); loiter speed 145 km/h (90 mph)
Ceiling3000 m (10000 ft)
PropulsionCuyuna 438 cc two-stroke piston engine; 21 kW (28 hp)
booster: solid-propellant rocket

Main Sources

[1] Kenneth Munson: "World Unmanned Aircraft", Jane's, 1988
[2] Department of Defense Missile Nomenclature Records

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Last Updated: 8 November 2002