DOD 4120.15-L - Addendum
MDS Designators allocated after 19 August 1998 (until October 2013)

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This file lists all MDS designations allocated between 19 August 1998, the "deadline" for the October 1998 release of DOD 4120.15-L (DOD's official list of aircraft and missile designations), and October 2013. The data was acquired by the author from official DOD sources. All designations are presented here in the same format as in DOD 4120.15-L, and are ordered in their "canonical" sequence (sorted by primary mission/vehicle type letter, design number and series letter).

After October 1998, DOD did not publish an updated 4120.15-L file for almost six years (instead of the usual 2-3 year interval). To provide a public reference for new MDS allocations since 1998, new assignments were requested from DOD via the Freedom Of Information Act. The first FOIA request (in early 2002) yielded a list of 72 designations in total, apparently ordered roughly by date of allocation. The index of the entry in this list is shown in parentheses in the "Date/(Index)" column. Follow-up requests yielded more designations, including a small (intended) overlap with the previous set (4 entries). For these designations the date of allocation was also provided, and that is quoted in the first column in place of the simple sequential index for the earlier designations.

Some designations, including all newly assigned design numbers, are further identified in end notes.

This list will be retained although the new 2004 edition of DOD 4120.15-L is now available online (and also includes the new allocations up to early 2004). However, the official document doesn't show the date of allocation for each MDS, has some flaws in the way the data is presented, and of course does not provide explanative notes. Also, this file will be continually updated semi-annually (as long as the FOIA requests are being answered, of course) while DOD 4120.15-L will be updated in the future only once every 2-3 years at best.

Note: At the time of this writing, no official data on MDS designations assigned after October 2013 is available. Newer designations (as well as older ones which for unknown reasons are missing in DOD 4120.15-L), which are confirmed by reasonably reliable sources as being official DOD designations (or soon to be so), are shown in blue entries. Of course, all data in these lines is not official DOD wording. A few designations, which have been used by the military or the industry, but which are not confirmed as official allocations, are shown in light gray.

A - Attack

Date Designation Manufacturer Engine Data Department Description
12-Apr-04 A-10C Fairchild-Hiller 2 TF34-GE-100 AF Upgraded A-10A to employ smart weapons, digital stores management, and targeting pod.
12-Apr-04 OA-10C Fairchild-Hiller 2 TF34-GE-100 AF A-10C aircraft re-roled to fulfill the Forward Air Control (FAC) mission.
12-Apr-04 FA-18E McDonnell Douglas / Northrop 2 F414-GE-400 Navy Third major variant of the FA-18 family of aircraft. This is approximately 25 percent larger, but contains 42 percent fewer structural parts than the FA-18C.
12-Apr-04 FA-18F McDonnell Douglas / Northrop 2 F414-GE-400 Navy Two-seat version of the FA-18E.
17-May-04 EA-18G McDonnell Douglas 2 F414-GE-400 Navy Fourth major variant of the FA-18 family of aircraft. The Electronic Attack version of the FA-18F will serve as the Navy's replacement for the EA-6B providing a capability to detect, identify, locate and suppress hostile emitters.
21-Feb-07 NEA-18G Boeing 2 F414-GE-400 USN A permanently modified version of the EA-18G for special testing. [Note NEA-18G]
24-Aug-08 A-29B Embraer 1 PT6A-68 USN Light attack aircraft, which is a single-engine turboprop, low-wing all-metal two-seat pressurized light attack aircraft. [Note A-29B]

C - Transport

Date
(Index)
Designation Manufacturer Engine Data Department Description
01-Nov-02 C-5M Lockheed Martin 4 CF6-80C2L1F AF Aircraft modified with the Avionics Modernization Program with a digital glass cockpit.
24-Jun-10 NC-9D McDonnell Douglas 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-9A USN A modified version of the DC-9. Aircraft BUNO 168277. Permanent modifications include: modified power converters, control circuits, distribution boxes, wiring, ECU cooling systems, radios, mission systems, equipment racks, reinforced floor, antennas, bulkheads, seating, skin, bulbous modified nose with various test equipment. A special test aircraft will support evaluation of aircraft capabilities in support of US forces.
25-Sep-03 NC-12B Beech 2 PT6A-41 Navy UC-12B aircraft buno 161311 configured with four P-3C sonobuoy launchers
15-Dec-11 MC-12S Beech 2 PT6A-60A Army A modified version of the C-12S for a multi-mission role. Modifications include Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System (EMARSS) ISR package.
(23) C-12T Beech 2 PT-6A-42 Army Complete cockpit configuration change and update. Meets global air traffic management directives.
(58) C-12U Beech 2 PT-6A-42 Army Complete cockpit configuration change from C-12F. Meets global air traffic management directives.
24-Jun-05 C-12V Beech 2 PT-6A-42 US Army A modified version of the C-12R. A short range transport with significant redesign of the cockpit, including console display, dual FMS 3000 GPS navigation, TCAS II air traffic warning system, and Terrain Avoidance Warning System.
22-Jan-09 MC-12W Beech 2 PT6A-60A USAF A modified version of the C-12S for a utility mission or operational support airlift role. [Note C-12W]
19-Dec-08 UC-12W Beech 2 PT6A-60A USN/USMC A modified version of the C-12S for a utility mission or operational support airlift role. This is a replacement aircraft for the UC-12B and UC-12F aircraft. [Note C-12W]
13-Jul-09 RC-12X Beech 2 PT6A-67 Army A modified version of the RC-12K, RC-12N, RC-12P, and RC-12Q. Modifications include cockpit and avionics upgrades. This will meet the requirements of future Global Air Traffic Management system and expands and extends its capabilities into the 21st Century.
17-Jun-09 C-20K Gulfstream Aerospace Corp 2 F113-RR-100 (MK-511-8 Roll-Royce TurboFan) USAF A modified version of the C-20E. An electronic communications equipment test-bed for Senior Leader Command, Control, and Communications System – Airborne. Additional modifications and equipment evaluation will follow. Technology will be evaluated for incorporation on similar platforms and vehciles.
17-May-02 C-23C Short Bros. Ltd. 2 PT6A-65AR Army Modified C-23B aircraft with cockpit upgrade for compliance with global air traffic management (GATM) requirements.
07-Dec-11 C-23D Short Bros. Ltd. 2 PT6A-65AR Army A modified version of the C-23 for global air traffic management compliance for world-wide deployability. Modifications include electronic flight instrument system and night vision goggle capability.
02-Jun-05 RC-26B Swearingen / Fairchild 2 TPE331-12UA-701G Air National Guard A reconnaissance version of the C-26B. It is a short/medium range, medium altitude airborne intel, surveillance (day or night), and recon (tracking and photo) platform allowing full integration into civilian law enforcement.
28-Nov-06 C-26E Swearingen / Fairchild 2 TPE331-12UA-701G Army A modified version of the C-26B. A medium range support transport with significant redesign of the cockpit, including console instrument displays, dual FMS 3000 GPS integration, and other mods. Will meet future GATM requirements.
01-May-08 C-27J Alenia Aeronautical 2 RR AE2100-D2 Army/USAF A derivative of the C-27A airframe with significant structural enhancement for increased payload capacity and ruggedness. A short take-off and landing (STOLl aircraft.
07-Nov-02 C-32B Boeing 2 AF Mission support aircraft used to meet transportation requirements of government agencies.
(5) UC-35C Cessna Aircraft Co. 2 Pratt & Whitney JT15D-5D US Navy Upgraded communication and navigation systems and enhanced ground proximity warning systems.
(34) UC-35D Cessna 2 Pratt & Whitney 535A Navy Cessna Encore version with enhanced ground proximity warning system and enhanced comm/nav equipment.
22-Apr-04 C-37B Gulfstream 2 BR700-710C4-11 USAF The Gulfstream G550 aircraft is a 14-passenger, 5-crew executive jet used to support the ROSA VIP/SAM mission.
(39) C-40B Boeing 2 CFM65-7B27/B3 Air Force Modified C-40A to include distinguished visitor compartment and communications system operator workstation.
(40) C-40C Boeing 2 CFM65-7B27/B3 Air National Guard Modified C-40A to include convertible cargo area. May be converted for medevac, passenger transport or distinguished visitor.
(38) C-41A CASA Spain 2 Garrett TPE 331-10R Air Force A light multi-purpose transport capable of high frequency day and night operation, mainly from secondary airfields. Unpressurized aircraft with non-retractable tricycle landing gear. [Note C-41A]
24-Nov-06 KC-45A TBD TBD Air Force This MDS was assigned to the KC-X program, as directed by the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force. [Note KC-45A]
Feb 2011 KC-46A Boeing 2 Air Force Tanker aircraft based on Boeing 767 airframe.
17-Oct-05 NC-130F Lockheed 4 T56-A-16 USN A modified KC-130F for a Permanent Test Station platform. Mods include range surveillance and clearance, aerial target carriage and launch, and target command and control mission capabilities.
07-Feb-02 TC-130H Lockheed Martin 4 T56-15 Air Force Used as pilot proficiency trainer only.
05-Jan-04
(07-Feb-02)
C-130J
(CC-130J)
Lockheed Martin 4 AE2100D3 Air National Guard Identical to the other C-130J except that it is 180 inches longer and has more switches and locks in the enhanced cargo handling system. Previously designated CC-130J.
[Note C-130J/CC-130J]
29-May-12 AC-130J Lockheed Martin 4 AE1200D3 AF/USSOCOM A modified version of the MC-130J. Modifications include Precision Strike package for close air support, including fire control, precision guided munitions, 30-mm gun, and munitions storage for special operations forces missions.
24-Sep-08 HC-130J Lockheed Martin 4 AE1200D3 USAF The HC-130J is a combat search and rescue transport providing extended range for combat search and rescue helicopters.
25-Oct-05 KC-130J Lockheed Martin 4 AE2100D3 USN A modified C-130J for aerial refueling and transport.
24-Sep-08 MC-130J Lockheed Martin 4 AE1200D3 USAF The MC-130J will fly clandestine or low visibility, single or multi-ship low-level air refuelling missions for special operations helicopters.
21-Mar-12 AC-130W Lockheed Martin 4 T56-A-15 USAF A modified version of the MC-130W. Modifications include Precision Strike package and Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance suite for special operations forces missions.
16-Jun-06 MC-130W Lockheed Martin 4 T56-A-15 USAF A modified version of the MC-130H. Performs night, clandestine low-level, formation aerial refueling of SOF aircraft, forward arming, refueling point, ground refueling ops, resupply, infiltration and psychological warfare missions.
25-Aug-04 NKC-135B Boeing 4 TF33-P9 USAF/Army KC-135B modified with a special electronics suite to support USAF and US Army tests.
(8) WC-135C Boeing 4 Pratt & Whitney TF33-P-9 Air Force Modified EC-135C, serial #62-3582, for atmospheric and meteorological sampling mission.
(11) NC-135W Boeing 4 TF33-P-5 Air Force Test aircraft used to evaluate, operate, and develop engineering equipment and systems for installation on reconnaissance aircraft.
15-Dec-05 C-143A Bombardier 2 GE CF34-3B USCG Twin-engine turbofan aircraft, which will be used for mediumrange command and control support exclusively for the Secretary, Department of Homeland Security and the US Coast Guard Commandant. [Note C-143A]
28-Nov-06 HC-144A EADS-CASA 2 GE CT7-9C3 USCG Twin-engine turboprop aircraft used for Search/Rescue/MEDEVAC and cargo. Replacement for the HU-25 family of aircraft. [Note HC-144A]
16-May-12 C-145A PZL Mielec 2 PT6A-65B USAF Twin-engine turboprop short take off and landing transport aircraft supporting airlift of passengers and cargo. [Note C-145A]
18-May-12 C-146A Fairchild-Dornier 2 PW119C USAF Twin-engine turboprop short take off and landing transport aircraft supporting airlift of passengers and cargo. [Note C-146A]
15-Aug-02 KC-767A Boeing 2 CF6-80C2B7F AF Commercial Derivative Air Refueling Aircraft able to offload fuel via boom and drogue. [Note KC-767A]

D - UAV Control Segment

Date Designation Manufacturer Engine Data Department Description
18-Dec-02 MD-1A General Atomics 1 AF Control station used to launch, control and recover RQ-1A, MQ-1A, and MQ-9A air vehicles.
10-Jan-03 MD-1B General Atomics 1 AF Launch and Recovery Control Station (LRCS) used to launch and recover RQ-1, MQ-1, and MQ-9 vehicles.
11-Feb-05 MD-1C General Atomics N/A USAF Containerized Dual Control Station (CDCS) used to launch and recover RQ-1 and MQ-1 air vehicles. The CDCS transfers air vehicle control to a fully functional control station after launch in support of reach-back capability.
30-Mar-05 MD-1D General Atomics N/A USAF A multi-aircraft control segment used to control MQ-1 air vehicles. One pilot and four sensor operators can control up to four air vehicles simultaneously.
10-Feb-03 RD-2A Northrop 1 AF/Navy Mission Control (MCE), a non-line of sight control station used to launch and recover RQ-4 air vehicles.
29-Apr-04 YRD-2A Northrop Grumman   AF Prototype of the RD-2A Mission Control Element (MCE). Significant modifications and design modernizations will be evaluated for the design, performance, and production of the control segment.
10-Feb-03 RD-2B Northrop Grumman 1 AF Launch Recovery Element (LRE) - a line of sight control station used to launch and recover RQ-4 air vehicles.
29-Apr-04 YRD-2B Northrop Grumman   AF Prototype of the RD-2B Launch and Recovery Element (LRE). Significant modifications and design modernizations will be evaluated for the design, performance, and production of the control segment.
15-Dec-11 MD-3A Northrop   USN A multi-mission main operating base (MOB) control station for the control of MQ-4C air vehicles. Six rated pilot operator stations for flight control, mission planning, and sensor operations.
15-Dec-11 MD-3B Northrop   USN A multi-mission main operating base (MOB) control station for the control of MQ-4C air vehicles. Two rated pilot operator stations for launch, ingress, egress, and recovery of vehicle.
13-Mar-13 MD-4A Northrop-Grumman   USN A multi-mission Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) control segment platform for the launch, command, control, and recovery of MQ-8 air vehicles.
13-Mar-13 MD-4B Northrop-Grumman   USN A multi-mission Frigate based control segment platform for the launch, command, control, and recovery of MQ-8 air vehicles.

E - Electronic Mission

Date Designation Manufacturer Engine Data Department Description
19-Jul-04 E-2D Grumman 2 T56-A-427 Navy Upgrade of the E-2C with Littoral Surveillance and Theater Air and Missile Defense (TAMD) radar, tactical cockpit, and other system enhancements to operate in both open-ocean and over-land environments against current and projected threats in these environments. [Note E-2D]
27-Sep-05 E-3G Boeing 4 TF33-PW-100A USAF A modified version of the E-3B and E-3C vehicles. Modified with advanced mission systems, radar, electronic support measures, internal communications, and mission computers and displays. [Note E-3G]
02-Jan-03 E-10A Boeing 2 TBD AF The multi-sensor Command and control aircraft. [Note E-10A]
  E-10B Boeing 2 AF MC2A with AMTI (Air Moving Target Indicator) radar system for AWACS role.
  E-10C Boeing 2 AF MC2A with "Rivet Joint" SIGINT sensors.
06-Jun-11 E-11A Bombardier 2 Rolls-Royce BR710A2-20 USAF A modified version of the BD-700 Global Express. Modifications include the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) mission payload. [Note E-11A]

F - Fighter

Date Designation Manufacturer Engine Data Department Description
13-Aug-04 F-5N Northrop 2 J85-GE-21 USN Upgraded F-5E avionics and equipment for Adversarial program, including radar warning receivers and altimeters, chaff and flares, anti-skid brakes, and upgraded J85-GE-21 engines.
08-May-09 F-15F Boeing 2 F110-GE-129C RSAF A modified version of the F-15E for the Republic of Singapore Air Force.
30-Jul-07 QF-16A Lockheed Martin 1 F100-PW-200 USAF/USN Air superiority target - a full scale aerial target replacement for the QF-4.
30-Jul-07 QF-16C Lockheed Martin 1 F100-PW-200 USAF/USN Air superiority target - a full scale aerial target replacement for the QF-4.
Dec 2003 F-16E Lockheed Martin 1 F110-GE-132 (export) Formerly known as F-16C Block 60.
Dec 2003 F-16F Lockheed Martin 1 F110-GE-132 (export) Formerly known as F-16D Block 60.
15-Dec-05 F-22A Lockheed Martin / Boeing 2 F119-PW-100 USAF This letter rescinds the approval of FA-22A and FB-22A as directed by the Chief of Staff of the USAF and returns to the F-22A designation. [Note F-22A]
23-Sep-02 FA-22A Lockheed Martin 2 F119-PW-100 AF Attack version of F-22A. Single seat model. [Note F-22A]
23-Sep-02 FB-22A Lockheed Martin 2 F119-PW-100 AF Bomber version of F-22B. Dual seat model. [Note F-22A]
05-Jun-02 F-35A Lockheed Martin 1 F135-PW-100 or
1 F136-GE-100
AF Next generation strike aircraft for conventional take off and landing. [Note F-35]
05-Jun-02 F-35B Lockheed Martin 1 F135-PW-600 or
1 F136-GE-600
Marine Corps Next generation strike fighter aircraft for Short Take Off and Landing (STOL) version. [Note F-35]
05-Jun-02 F-35C Lockheed Martin 1 F135-PW-400 or
1 F136-GE-400
Navy Next generation fighter for aircraft carrier suitable version. [Note F-35]
25-Aug-04 YF-117A Lockheed Martin / Raytheon 2 F404-GE-F1D2 USAF Primary strategic attack aircraft for penetrating high-threat target areas with precision weapons and is the only stealthy, true precision capability currently in the Global Strike Task Force.

G - Glider

Date
(Index)
Designation Manufacturer Engine Data Department Description
10-Apr-02 TG-10B Let Flugzeugwerk none AF All metal, 2 seat self supporting high winged glider. Upgraded instrument panel and different cockpit layout from TG-10A. [Note TG-10]
10-Apr-02 TG-10C Let Flugzeugwerk none AF All metal, 2 seat, high wing, conventional tail sailplane. Upgraded instrument panel and different cockpit layout from TG-10A. [Note TG-10]
10-Apr-02 TG-10D Let Flugzeugwerk none AF All metal, single seat, cantilever mid-high wing, fixed gear and cantilever T-tail sailplane. Upgraded instrument panel and different cockpit layout from TG-10A. [Note TG-10]
(28) TG-12A Caproni Vizzola/1972 none Air Force Metal/fiberglass, side-by-side high performance glider of cantilever mid-wing monoplane design having a trapezoid rectangular planform of 43:1 aspect ratio. [Note TG-12A]
10-Apr-02 TG-14A Grupo Aeromot 1 Rotax 912 AF A two-place, side by side motorglider. It has a T-tail design equipped with a mechanical main landing gear and spoilers on he wing's upper surfaces. [Note TG-14A]
19-Mar-04 TG-15A Schempp-Hirth none AF USAF Academy dual-seat Schempp-Hirth "Duo Discus" competition and training glider. [Note TG-15]
19-Mar-04 TG-15B Schempp-Hirth none AF USAF Academy single-seat Schempp-Hirth "Discus 2b" competition and training glider. [Note TG-15]
01-Jun-11 TG-16A DG-Flugzeugbau n/a USAF USAF Academy Dual-Seat DG-Flugzeugbau DG-1001 training glider. [Note TG-16A]

H - Helicopter

Date
(Index)
Designation Manufacturer Engine Data Department Description
07-Mar-05 TH-1H Bell 1 T53-L-703 USAF Modified UH-1H for the Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training-Helicopter (SUPT-H) program with a dual cockpit configuration. Modifications include: tail boom, main and tail rotator drive components, trasmission, and others.
22-Aug-02 NAH-1Z Bell Helicopter 2 T700-GE-701C Navy Permanent special test.
29-May-12 UH-3D Sikorsky 2 T58-GE-400B USN A modified version of the UH-3H. This utility vehicle will be used for support and training missions, which will reduce flying hours on the VH-3D.
21-Mar-12 VH-3D Sikorsky 2 T58-GE-400B USN A modified version of the VH-3A. This vehicle is a single main rotor, twin-engine, 16-passenger, and air-conditioned executive transport.
20-Jul-06 HH-46D Boeing 2 T58-GE-402 USN/USMC A modified version of the HH-46A for search, rescue, and MEDEVAC missions.
16-Aug-06 HH-46E Boeing 2 T58-GE-16/-16A USN/USMC A modified version of the CH-46E for search, rescue, and MEDEVAC missions.
02-May-05 MH-47G Boeing 2 T55-GA-714A US Army Upgraded MH-47E for use in Special Operations. Upgrade includes improved engines and incoporation of an infrared exhaust supression system to reduce infrared signatures. Includes additional airframe and electronic upgrades.
07-Oct-13 CH-53K Sikorsky 3 GE38-1B USMC Replacement for the CH-53D and CH-53E. The CH-53K will conduct expeditionary heavy-lift assault transport of armored vehicles, personnel, and equipment to support distributed operations deep inland from a sea-based center-of-operations.
21-Mar-12 YCH-53K Sikorsky 3 GE38-1B USMC Prototype CH-53K replacement for the CH-53D and CH-53E. The CH-53K will conduct expeditionary heavy-lift assault transport of armored vehicles, personnel, and equipment to support distributed operations deep inland from a sea-based center-of operations.
03-Nov-04 ZCH-53K Sikorsky 3 TBD MC Planning stages of the CH-53E redesign. The new design will extend airframe fatigue life, enhance range and lift performance, and improve handling and interoperability.
25-Mar-10 TH-57D Bell 2 Rolls-Royce 250-C20J US Navy A modified version of the TH-57B and TH-57C. Modifications include upgraded avionics and electronics equipment with digital cockpit and Night Vision Information Systems. This will allow training in equipment that mirror fleet assets beyond 2040.
08-Sep-10 OH-58F Bell 1 Rolls-Royce USA Modified OH-58D. Mods include a 3 display glass cockpit, dual channel Full Authority Digital Engine Control, integrated Aircraft survivability Equipment, multi-band radios, Nose Mounted Sensor and integrated on-board mech diag sys. [Note OH-58F]
25-Sep-03 NSH-60F Sikorsky 2 T700-GE-401 Navy Modified to incorporate a new cockpit layout to support the VH-60N Cockpit Upgrade Program.
Dec 2004 MH-60J Sikorsky 2 T700-GE-401C Coast Guard HH-60J modified with AUF (Airborne Use of Force) package
(44) HH-60L Sikorsky 2 T700-GE-701C Army Modified UH-60L with medical mission equipment.
15-Jul-02 EUH-60L Sikorsky 2 T700-GE-701C Army Modified with additional mission electronic equipment for Army Airborne Command and Control.
(60) HH-60M Sikorsky 2 T700-GE-701C Army Modified UH-60A with medical mission equipment.
17-Feb-06 MH-60M Sikorsky 2 CT7-8B5 Army A modified version of the UH-60M. Medium and utility support for special operation force unique missions.
16-Jul-12 UH-60N Sikorsky 2 T700-GE-401C USMC A modified MH-60S to the UH-60N configuration. A utility vehicle for transporting personnel and equipment in support of Helicopter Marine Squadron One (HMX-1) missions.
(50) MH-60R Sikorsky 2 T700-GE-401C Navy Modified SH-60B.
22-Aug-02 YMH-60R Sikorsky 2 T700-GE-401C Navy Used as prototype.
(64) NSH-60R Sikorsky 2 T700-GE-701C Navy Used for special testing.
(48) MH-60S Sikorsky 2 T700-GE-401C Navy Medevac and ship replenishment. Replacing H-46D.
13-Aug-04 HH-60T Sikorsky 2 T700-GE-401C USCG Upgraded HH-60J. Modified cockpit and avionics suite with weather search and Forward-looking Infrared Radar(FLIR). A medium range, multi-use, all weather Instructment Flight Rules (IFR) certified vehicle.
Dec 2004 MH-60T Sikorsky 2 T700-GE-401C Coast Guard HH-60T modified with AUF (Airborne Use of Force) package
06-Dec-2010 HH-60U Sikorsky 2 T700-GE-700/701 USAF A modified version of the UH-60M to replace the HH-60G for use in combat search and rescue operations. Modifications include in-flight refueling, long-range extension fuel tanks, weather radar, satellite communications, external rescue hoist, and additional equipment.
06-Sep-12 AH-64E Boeing 2 T700-GE-701D Army A modified version of the AH-64D. Modifications to the vehicle increase maneuverability and extend environmental ranges, increase radius and endurance, and includes upgraded avionics with full instrument meteorological conditions and instrument flight rules (IMC/IFR) capability.
(32) HH-65B Aerospace Helicopter 2 LTS-101-750 Coast Guard Enhanced cockpit configuration and avionics upgrade.
(33) HH-65C Aerospace Helicopter 2 LTS-101-750 Coast Guard Avionics upgrade and Allied Signal's full authority digital engine control system.
30-Oct-07 MH-65C American Eurocopter 2 Turbomeca Arriel 2C2 USCG A modified version of the HH-65C. Modifications include the addition of Airborne Use of Force (AUF) equipment with Counter Drug and coastal security mission capability.
18-Jun-09 MH-65D American Eurocopter 2 Turbomeca Arriel 2C2 USCG A modified version of the MH-65C. Modifications include upgraded avionics and equipment for enhanced navigation and communication capability and improved human systems interface enabling continuance of mission support until 2025.
(45) MH-68A Agusta 2 P&W PW206C US Coast Guard Light twin helicopter used for law enforcement/counter drug operations. [Note MH-68A]
21-Feb-06 YRH-70A Bell 1 Honeywell HTS-900 US Army Prototype single engine, single rotor, dual pilot reconnaissance helicopter scheduled to replace the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior. [Note YRH-70A]
2007 ARH-70A Bell 1 Honeywell HTS-900 US Army Single engine, single rotor, dual pilot reconnaissance helicopter scheduled to replace the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior.
07-Jul-05 VH-71A Lockheed Martin 3 G.E. CT7-8E US Navy One 5-blade main rotor and one 4-blade tail rotor Lockheed-Martin Systems Integration US-101 used for the Presidential Transport mission. [Note VH-71A]
05-Sep-06 UH-72A EADS North America 2 ARRIEL 1E2 US Army Lightweight, commercial/non-developmental, single rotor, utility helicopter used for support and security, MEDEVAC, disaster relief, and counter drug operations. [Note UH-72A]

M - Guided Missile

Date
(Index)
Designation Manufacturer Engine Data Department Description
(7) CATM-9X Raytheon inert Navy/Air Force Used for pilot training in aerial target acquisition and use of aircraft controls and displays.
(6) DATM-9X Raytheon inert Navy/Air Force Used to train ground personnel in loading, handling and storage. All components inert.
(63) NATM-9X Raytheon (no data) Navy/Air Force Telemetry system replaces warhead allowing transmittance of missile electrical functions to ground stations during flight.
20-Oct-04 CATM-65H Raytheon n/a USAF The CATM-65H training missile is a modified version of the AGM-65H. This Missile performs all functions of an AGM-65H except for launching, and there is no rocket motor installed.
(19) AGM-65K Hughes 1 SR114-TC-1 US Air Force Improved television guidance and control section
(42) CATM-65K Raytheon none Air Force Captive training version of AGM-65K
17-Feb-11 AGM-65L Raytheon 1 SR109-TC-1 US Air Force A modified version of the AGM-65E. The modifications include enhanced Guidance and Control sections to reduce risk of collateral damage by using aircraft's onboard lasers for specific targeting capability.
17-Feb-11 CATM-65L Raytheon 1 SR109-TC-1 (inert) US Air Force Captive-carry inert training version of the AGM-65L. A flyable inert trainer. Contains guidance and control section electronics for aircrew acquisition and recognition of target training.
10-Apr-02 BGM-71H Raytheon 1 M-114 Army Upgraded warhead to armor piercing for penetrating bunkers
21-Feb-07 BQM-74F Northrop 1 J400-WR-405 USN Modified BQM-74E
21-Feb-08 AGM-84J Boeing 1 XJ400-CA-400 USN A modified version of the AGM-84D. Anti-ship weapon system that provides surface warfare capabilities from an airborne platform. Modifications to Guidance Section for additional capabilities.
21-Feb-08 RGM-84J Boeing 1 XJ400-CA-400 + 1 Solid Propellant USN A modified version of the AGM-84J. Modifications include the addition of the booster for launch from surface ships.
21-Feb-08 AGM-84K Boeing 1 XJ400-CA-400 USN A modified version of the AGM-84H. Standoff land attack missile with expanded response weapon system that provides land attack warfare capabilities from an airborne platform.
21-Feb-08 AGM-84L Boeing 1 XJ400-CA-400 USN A modified version of the AGM-84G. Anti-ship weapon system that provides surface and coastal target suppression warfare capabilities from an airborne platform. Mods include a new guidance control unit with GPS and flt software.
21-Feb-08 RGM-84L Boeing 1 XJ400-CA-400 + 1 Solid Propellant USN A modified version of the AGM-84L. Modifications include the addition of the booster for launch from surface ships.
06-Dec-11 UGM-84L Boeing 1 XJ400-CA-400 USN A modified version of the AGM-84L. Anti-ship weapon system that provides capabilities from an underwater submarine platform. Modifications include a booster section encased in a missile assembly for underwater submarine launch capability.
06-Dec-11 UTM-84L Boeing 1 XJ400-CA-400 USN A training version of the UGM-84L. Anti-ship weapon system that provides surface and coastal target suppression warfare capabilities from an underwater submarine platform. Modifications include a booster section encased in a missile assembly for underwater submarine launch capability.
21-Feb-08 AGM-84M Boeing 1 XJ400-CA-400 USN A modified version of the AGM-84D. Anti-ship weapon system that provides surface warfare capabilities from an airborne platform. Mods include a new guidance control unit and other datalink items.
21-Feb-08 RGM-84M Boeing 1 XJ400-CA-400 + 1 Solid Propellant USN A modified version of the AGM-84M. Modifications include the addition of the booster for launch from surface ships.
03-Feb-12 AGM-84N Boeing 1 J402-CA-400 USN A modified version of the AGM-84 family. Modifications to Guidance, Warhead, Sustainer, and Control Sections for additional capabilities.
11-Jul-11 DATM-86B Boeing 1 F107-WR-100 (inert) USAF Dummy inert training version of the AGM-86B. A non-flyable load crew inert trainer.
(13) DATM-86C Boeing inert Air Force Missile loading and handling training. Inert.
(12) AGM-86D Boeing 1 F107-WR-100 Air Force Modified to deliver penetrator warhead
14-Aug-02 AGM-88D Texas Instruments 1 YSR113-TC-1 AF/Navy Provides new Global Positioning System and IMU capabilities.
14-Aug-02 AGM-88E Science and Applied Tech Inc. 1 YSR113-TC-1 Navy New guidance and control sections.
12-Jun-08 CATM-88E Alliant Techsystems 1 YSR113-TC-1 (inert) USN Caplive-carry inert training version of the AGM-88E. A flyable inert trainer. Contains guidance and control section eleclronics for aircrew acquisition and recognition of target training. Warhead and engine are inert.
12-Jun-08 DATM-88E NAVAIR China Lake 1 YSR113-TC-1 (inert) USN Dummy inert training version of the AGM-88E. A non-flyable load crew Inert trainer. Guidance and Control Section, warhead, and engine are inert.
08-Sep-10 YAGM-88F ATM 1 Solid Rocket USAF/USN A modified AGM-88C. The HARM Control Section Mods include global positioning sys and inertial navigation sys mods to provide the warfighter with geographically specific targeting capability.
(41) FIM-92F Raytheon (no data) Army Modified FIM-92E with enhancements
05-Sep-02 FIM-92G Raytheon 1 Army Guided Missile Intercept-Aerial. Upgrade of the FIM-92D.
06-Sep-02 FIM-92H Raytheon 1 Army Guided Missile Intercept-Aerial
(43) MIM-104E Raytheon TX-486-1 Army Improved detection and enhanced lethality
23-Aug-02 ATM-114B Lockheed Martin, Rockwell 1 13202500 Navy Helicopter launched training version of the AGM-114B without the warhead.
30-Mar-07 ATM-114K Lockheed Martin 1 Solid Propellant Rocket Motor USN A modified training version of the AGM-114K. This missile is capable of being fired from its airborne platform.
(9) AGM-114M Lockheed Martin (no data) US Army New blast fragmentation warhead.
24-Feb-03 AGM-114N Redstone Tech. 1 M-120E5 US Army Guided Missile, Surface Attack.
04-Jan-05 AGM-114P Redstone Tech. 1 M-120E2 or M-120E5 US Army Guided Missile, Surface Attack. UAV launched; modified AGM-114K for high altitude operation to analyze positional data from aircraft to locate and destroy armored vehicles and individual hard targets.
17-Feb-09 ATM-114Q Lockheed Martin 1 Thiokol M120E5 USA/USN A modified version of the ATM-114K. The missile is capable of being fired from its airborne platform.
17-Feb-09 AGM-114R Lockheed Martin 1 Thiokol M120E5 USA Modified version of the AGM-114P.
04-Feb-11 ATM-114S Lockheed Martin 1 Thiokol M120E5 USA A modified version of the ATM-114Q. This missle is capable of being fired from its airborne platform. Incorporates a smoke "spotting charge" warhead.
  AIM-120D Raytheon 1 Solid AF/Navy Enhanced AIM-120C ("P3I Phase 4").
07-Mar-07 CATM-120D Raytheon none USAF/USN Captive-carry inert training version of the AIM-120D. Will contain guidance section electronics for enhanced aircrew training.
17-May-02 AGM-130D Boeing 1 WPU-9/B AF Uses the BLU-118 warhead and FMU-143J/B fuse.
09-Sep-10 AGM-130E Boeing 1 WPU-9/B USAF A modified version of the AGM-130 family. Mods include the BLU-121B/B warhead and FMU-143N/B fuze.
(30) AIM-132A Matra BAE Dynamics UK Solid fuel rocket motor (unspecified) Royal Australian Air Force Operational version of YAIM-132A.
(26) RTM-139B Lockheed Martin MK 114 MOD 0 Navy Training version of RUM-139B.
(25) RUM-139B Lockheed Martin MK 114 MOD 0 Navy Contains warshot MK 46 MOD 5A torpedo.
(66) RTM-139C Lockheed Martin MK 114 MOD 0 Navy Training version of RUM-139C.
(65) RUM-139C Lockheed Martin MK 114 MOD 0 Navy Contains warshot MK 54 MOD 0 torpedo.
(10) MGM-140D Lockheed Martin (no data) US Army Upgraded missile with numerous structural improvements.
(59) MGM-140E Lockheed Martin (no data) US Army Upgraded MGM-140B with self guidance using GPS and high explosive warhead.
14-Jan-03 MGM-140F Lockheed Martin 1 Army The Guided Missile integrates the Guidance, Warhead, the Rocket Motor, Control Section and the electronic batteries.
10-Feb-03 DMGM-140F Lockheed Martin 1 Army The Dummy Guided Missile integrates the Guidance, Warhead, the Rocket Motor, Control Section and the electronic batteries.
(15) CATM-142D Rafael inert Air Force Used for captive missile training.
(14) DATM-142D Rafael inert Air Force Used for missile ground training.
(17) ATM-142E Rafael WPU-14/B Royal Australian Air Force Missile training, no warhead.
(16) CATM-142E Rafael inert Royal Australian Air Force Used for captive missile training.
(18) DATM-142E Rafael inert Royal Australian Air Force Used for loading and handling training.
(46) AGM-142F Rafael 1 WPU-14/B Israeli Air Force Clipped wings, I-800 warhead and unique configuration data links.
(61) AGM-142G Rafael WPU-14/B Air Force of Korea Has CCD seeker with I-800 warhead and software changes for F-4E flight environment.
(62) AGM-142H Rafael WPU-14/B Air Force of Korea Has Z-seeker with I-800 warhead and software changes for F-4E flight environment.
(20) FGM-148C Texas Instruments / Martin Marietta (no data) Army Enhancements to the FGM-148B
05-Oct-04 FGM-148D Raytheon / Lockheed Martin 1 Unknown US Army Modification of the FGM-148C for FMS customers
(35) AGM-154D Raytheon 1 WJ24-8E or 1 J400-WR-104 Navy Turbojet version of AGM-154A with increased standoff range. Contains BLU-97/B submunition.
(36) AGM-154E Raytheon 1 WJ24-8E or 1 J400-WR-104 Navy Turbojet version of AGM-154C with increased standoff range. Includes a Link-16 weapon data terminal permitting in-flight target location updates and target imagery to the aircrew.
05-Mar-02 RIM-156B Raytheon 1 Mark 104 Mod 3
+ 1 Mark 72 Mod 1
Navy A SM-2 Block IVA Aegis VLS extended range guided missile. Additional mission asset defense against short range theater ballistic missiles.
(29) DATM-158A Lockheed Martin none Air Force/Navy Load crew training version. Inert.
08-Jul-02 AGM-158B Lockheed Martin 1 Teledyne AF/Navy Enhanced AGM-158A for greatly extended range due to more efficient engine and greater fuel capacity.
15-May-03 ZADM-160B TBD TBD USAF Miniature Air Launched Decoy (MALD) is an air launched, jet powered, airborne vehicle.
05-Feb-07 DATM-160B Raytheon none USAF Dummy training version of the ADM-160B. A non-flyable load crew inert trainer, which includes all external operational safety devices and functional remote interface box.
30-Mar-07 ADM-160C Raytheon 1 Hamilton Sunstrand TJ-150 USAF A modified version of the ADM-160B. The Miniature Air Launched Decoy (MALD) is an air launched, jet powered, airborne missile used to stimulate, decoy, saturate and/or jam Integrated Air Defense Systems.
29-Aug-06 RIM-161B Raytheon 4 Solid Propellant USN Modified RIM-161A. Vertical Launch System (VLS), surface-to-exoatmosphere certified round interceptor.
06-Mar-07 RIM-161C Raytheon 4 Solid Propellant USN Modified RIM-161B. Vertical Launch System (VLS), surface-to-exoatmosphere certified round interceptor - Mods to warhead: 2-color seeker sensitivity for increased threat discrimination; greater battle space engagement capability.
17-Feb-09 RIM-161D Raytheon 4 Solid Propellant USN A significantly larger modified version of the RIM-161C and also integrates the use of a new lightweight composite canister.
(53) RIM-162A Raytheon MK 143 MOD 0 Navy Employs thrust vector control and interfaces with MK 41 guided missile Vertical Launching System. On ships using Aegis weapon system.
(54) RIM-162B Raytheon MK 143 MOD 0 Navy Employs thrust vector control and interfaces with MK 41 guided missile Vertical Launching System. On ships using NATO Sea Sparrow surface missile system.
(55) RIM-162C Raytheon MK 143 MOD 0 Navy Employs thrust vector control and interfaces with MK 48 guided missile Vertical Launching System. On ships using NATO Sea Sparrow surface missile system.
(56) RIM-162D Raytheon MK 143 MOD 0 Navy Employs thrust vector control and interfaces with MK 29 guided missile Vertical Launching System. On ships using NATO Sea Sparrow surface missile system.
(57) MGM-164A Lockheed Martin (no data) Army Ground launched missile using inertial-guided concept with GPS inputs to deliver 13 BAT submunitions. [Note MGM-164A]
(49) RGM-165A Raytheon MK 104 Rocket Motor Navy Land Attack Standard Missile for long range support. Uses GPS nav system and height of burst laser sensors for warhead initiation. [Note RGM-165A]
17-Jul-02 MGM-165A Lockheed Martin 1 Solid Propellant Army Guided hypervelocity missile for close combat heavy armor/tank destruction. [Note MGM-165A]
07-Oct-02 MGM-166A Lockheed Martin 1 Solid Propellant Army Guided hypervelocity missile for close combat heavy armor/tank destruction. [Note MGM-166A]
02-Jan-03 BQM-167A Composite Engineering 1 Microturbo Tri 60-5+ USAF Cost effective and affordable aerial target to support the test and evaluation of weapon systems and operational training. [Note BQM-167A]
05-Aug-03 MGM-168A Lockheed 1 13287300 Army Guided Missile, Surface Attack. Self-guided missile that impacts at a pre-determined location. [Note MGM-168A]
16-Dec-04 YAGM-169A Lockheed Martin 1 Solid Propellant US Army/USN A "Guided Missile, Surface Attack" Joint Common Missile (JCM) designed to replace the Tow 2A, Hellfire, Maverick, and Brimstone missiles. A chemical energy weapon for lethal engagement of armor and other targets. [Note AGM-169A]
16-Dec-04 CATM-169A Lockheed Martin N/A US Army/USN An inert captive training version of the AGM-169A
16-Dec-04 DATM-169A Lockheed Martin N/A US Army/USN An inert ballast dummy training version of the AGM-169A
07-Jul-05 MQM-170A Griffon Aerospace 1 3W Modellmotor US Army A low cost air defense artillery weapon system training target. Line of sight and over the hill operations drone target; designed for destruction during live fire engagements. [Note MQM-170A]
21-Mar-12 MQM-170B Griffon Aerospace DA-150 Desert Air 16-HP US Army A low cost air defense artillery weapon system training target. Variation of the MQM-170A for missions requiring additional capability for handling internal avionics packages and payloads in support of training and test missions; designed for destruction during live fire engagements.
07-Jul-05 YMQM-171A Griffon Aerospace 1 3W Modellmotor US Army A low cost air defense artillery weapon system training target prototype. UHF operations drone target; designed for destruction during live fire engagements. [Note MQM-171A]
22-Nov-11 MQM-171A Griffon Aerospace 1 3W Modellmotoren 60-HP US Army Carbon-fiber skinned, air defense artillery weapon. UHF operations drone target; designed for destruction during live fire engagements.
22-Nov-11 MQM-171B Griffon Aerospace 1 3W Modellmotoren 60-HP US Army Carbon-fiber skinned, air defense artillery weapon. UHF operations drone target; designed for destruction during live fire engagements.
14-Jun-06 FGM-172A Lockheed Martin 1 Solid Propellant USMC Shoulder fired, fire and forget, anti-tank missile capable of penetrating explosive reactive armor. [Note FGM-172]
14-Jun-06 FGM-172B Lockheed Martin 1 Solid Propellant USMC Shoulder fired, fire and forget, anti-material missile capable of pentrating structures, fortified positions, and light armor. [Note FGM-172]
21-Mar-12 GQM-173A ATK 1 Liquid fuel bus, 2 solid propellant booster USN Multi-Stage Supersonic Target used to evaluate modeling and simulation, Naval Self-Defense Systems, and Naval Area Defense Systems, against a target that emulates the Threat-D ASCM characteristics.
06-Feb-08 ZGQM-173A TBD 2 solid + 1 liquid rocket USN Multi-stage supersonic target [Note ZGQM-173A]
25-Feb-08 RIM-174A Raytheon 2 Solid Propellant USN Vertical launch system surface-to-alr extended range active missile for use on AEGIS cruisers and destroyers. [Note RIM-174A]
13-Apr-10 MQM-175A EADS 2 Turbojet(160 N-ISA) USA Generic sub-scale aerial target system for support of DOD wpn sys testing; pneumatic catapult launch; aerial threat presentations from 250 to 20,000 feet above ground level. Designed for destruction during live fire engagements. [Note MQM-175]
13-Apr-10 MQM-175B EADS 2 Turbojet(220 N-ISA) USA Generic sub-scale aerial target system for support of DOD wpn sys testing; pneumatic catapult launch; aerial threat presentations from 250 to 20,000 feet above ground level. Designed for destruction during live fire engagements. [Note BQM-177A]
04-Nov-09 AGM-176A Raytheon 1 Rocket Motor USAF Low collateral, released, GPS guided missile. This missile is capable of being fired after it is released from its airborne platform. [Note AGM-176]
04-Nov-09 ATM-176A Raytheon 1 Rocket Motor USAF A modified training version of the AGM-176A. This missile has an inert warhead and is capable of being fired after it is released from its airborne platform.
04-Nov-09 CATM-176A Raytheon n/a USAF Captive-carry inert training version of the AGM-176A. A flyable inert trainer. Contains guidance and control section electronics for aircrew acquisition and recognition of target training. Warhead and engine are inert.
04-Nov-09 AGM-176B Raytheon 1 Rocket Motor USAF Low collateral, released, GPS guided missile. This missile is capable of being fired after it is released from its airborne platform.
04-Nov-09 ATM-176B Raytheon 1 Rocket Motor USAF A modified training version of the AGM-176B. This missile has telemetry instrumentation unit in place of the warhead and is capable of being fired from its airborne platform.
04-Nov-09 CATM-176B Raytheon n/a USAF Captive-carry inert training version of the AGM-176B. A flyable inert trainer. Contains guidance and control section electronics for aircrew acquisition and recognition of target training. Warhead and engine are inert.
21-Mar-12 BGM-176B Raytheon 1 Rocket Motor USA/USN/USAF Low collateral, forward fired, GPS guided missile. This missile is capable of being fired from its ground, sea vessel, or airborne platform.
10-Nov-11 BQM-177A Composite Engineering 1 Microturbo Tri 60-5+ USN Cost-effective and affordable aerial target replacement for the BQM-34S and BQM-74E to support the test and evaluation of weapon system as an anti-ship cruise missile. Will replicate the performance and signature characteristics of threat aircraft. [Note BQM-177A]
08-Apr-13 MQM-178A Composite Engineering 2 81 lb / 36 daN thrust Turbojet USA Subsonic aerial target for support of weapon system testing of aerial threat presentations to 35,000-feet. Designed for destruction during live fire engagement. Pneumatic catapult launched. [Note MQM-178A]

O - Observation

Date Designation Manufacturer Engine Data Department Description
15-Aug-04 EO-5C DeHavilland 4 PT6A-50 Turboprop US Army Six Airborne Reconnaissance Low Multifunction (ARL-M) aircraft. Perform low altitude monitoring of communications (COMMINT) signals and has imaging (IMINT) capability and Moving Target Indicator radar.
15-Aug-04 TO-5C DeHavilland 4 PT6A-50 Turboprop US Army One Airborne Reconnaissance Low Trainer(ARL-T) aircraft. The trainer has the same modernized cockpit design as the EO-5C, but carries no mission equipment.

P - Patrol

Date Designation Manufacturer Engine Data Department Description
25-Aug-04 EP-3E Lockheed Martin 4 T56-A-14 USN Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) reconnaissance aircraft
30-Mar-05 P-8A Boeing 2 CFM56-7B Turbofan Navy Replacement for P-3C Orion. Boeing 737-800ERX airframe to perform anti-submarine and anti-ship mission with ability to deploy weapon systems using hard points on wings and a fuselage internal bomb bay. [Note P-8A]

Q - UAV

Date
(Index)
Designation Manufacturer Engine Data Department Description
13-Feb-02 MQ-1B General Atomics 1 Turbocharged Rotax 914 AF Medium altitude endurance unmanned aerial vehicle with a deicing wing capability and an internal and external payload capability. Has a multiple role mission.
(21) RQ-1B General Atomics Turbocharged Rotax 914 Air Force Larger engine, wing deicing and improved avionics.
30-Oct-07 MQ-1C General Atomics 1 Thielert Centurion 1.7 Army A replacement for the MQ/RQ-5 family of UCAV/UAV. Provides an extended range and multi-mission capability. Has 36-hour endurance with an 800-pound payload. Has 56-foot wingspan ans 27-foot length.
06-Jul-06 YMQ-1C General Atomics 1 Thielert Centurion 1.7 Army A replacement for the MQ/RQ-5 family of UCAV/UAV. Provides an extended range and multi-mission capability. Has 36-hour endurance with an 800-pound payload. Has 56-foot wingspan. [Note YMQ-1C]
(22) RQ-2B Pioneer Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Inc. SF-2-350 Navy/Marines Improved electronic system requiring different aircrew and maintenance procedures.
17-Jan-12 QRQ-2B Pioneer Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Inc. SF-2-350 USN Modified RQ-2B for Aerial Target. The drone will carry threat simulation payloads.
07-Feb-07 RQ-2C Pioneer UAV 1 UAV Eng Ltd AR741-38 USN/USMC Modified RQ-2B. Tactical UAV designed for day/night ISR operations with take-off and recovery from a hard surface. Mods include AR 741-38 engine and Laser IR pointer to increase the operational combat capability through 2015.
29-Apr-04 YRQ-4A Northrop Grumman / Teledyne Ryan 1 RR AE-3007H AF Prototype of the RQ-4A. Significant modifications and design modernizations will be evaluated for the design, performance, and production of the vehicle.
06-Jun-11 EQ-4B Northrop 1 F137-RR-100 USAF A modified version of the RQ-4B. Modifications include the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) mission payload.
25-Apr-03 RQ-4B Northrop 1 AE-3007H USAF Larger, enhanced version of RQ-4 UAV for expanded reconnaissance mission.
07-Sep-10 MQ-4C Northrop 1 F137-RR-100 USN A modified RQ-4B. Multi-mission payload featuring a 360-degree multi-function active sensor to provide persistent maritime and littoral ISR and airborne communications relay functions.
(1) RQ-5A TRW Inc. 2 Moto Guzzi Motorcycle Engines US Army UAV with 8 hour endurance and 15,000 foot ceiling. Has 29 foot wingspan. [Note RQ-5A]
08-Apr-05 MQ-5A Northrop Grumman 2 Moto Guzzi US Army Modified RQ-5A for a Multi-mission role. Includes hard-points on each side capable of carrying external payloads and vehicle modifications to facilitate mission.
16-Aug-04 MQ-5B Northrop Grumman 2 Mercedes Benz I80 US Army Modified RQ-5A for Reconnaisssance and Attack Missions. Modified engines, new avionics, longer wingspan (from 29 to 34.25FT) to allow for increased gross take-off weight, altitude and longer endurance.
(2) RQ-6A Alliant Techsystems 1 UEL 801 Rotary Engine US Army UAV with 2-4 hour endurance and 13,000 foot ceiling. Has 13 foot wingspan. [Note RQ-6A]
(27) RQ-7A AAI Corp. 1 AR-741 Gas Rotary Engine Army Operates at up to 200 kilometers behind front lines at altitudes up to 15,000 feet with 4 hours station duration. Day/night surveillance video sensors supplying near real-time information. [Note RQ-7A]
07-Oct-04 RQ-7B AAI Corp. 1 AR-741-1100 UAV US Army Upgraded RQ-7A. Modified AR-741 engine, larger wing, tail, boom. And fuel tanks to allow for reduced loiter speed and longer endurance. A day/night, adverse weather,multisensor collection system for real-time battle information.
(47) RQ-8A Northrop Grumman / Ryan Aeronautical 1 Allison 250-C20 Navy Provides real-time imagery, target designation. [Note RQ-8A]
24-Jun-05 MQ-8B Northrop Grumman / Ryan Aero Center 1 Allison 250-C20 US Army Upgraded RQ-8A. Modified rotor blade, fuel tank, tail assembly, etc. to allow for a multi-mission role with the carrying and firing of ordnance.
21-Mar-12 MQ-8C Northrop Grumman 1 Rolls-Royce 250-C47B USN Modified MQ-8B. Modifications include structural, engine, and endurance upgrades to increase gross take-off weight and to provide intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance to allow for a multi-mission role with the carrying and forward firing of ordnance.
01-Feb-02 MQ-9A General Atomics 1 Honeywell 331-10 Air Force Medium to high altitude endurance unmanned aerial vehicle. Has a multiple role mission. [Note MQ-9A]
02-Jan-03 YMQ-9A General Atomics 1 Honeywell 331-10 AF Prototype configuration of the MQ-9A, a medium/high altitude endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).
14-Feb-03 CQ-10A MMIST Corp. 1 ROTAX 914 Army The drone aircraft employs a Para-foil air canopy, integrated with a commercially developed airborne guidance unit and engine. [Note CQ-10A]
20-Oct-04 RQ-11A AeroVironment 1 Aveox 27/26/7-AV AF/Army Hand launched, low/medium altitude, small-UAV used to provide over-the-hill and around-the-corner intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities to ground troops. [Note RQ-11A]
22-Aug-06 RQ-11B AeroVironment 1 Aveox 9100242-02 AF/Army A modified version of the RQ-11A. High efficiency, long endurance motor, camera Pan/Tilt/Zoom and increased field of view, and Laser Illuminator.
10-Apr-13 RQ-12A AeroVironment 1 AV 65044 Direct Drive Electric Motor USMC All Environment (AE) hand-launched reconnaissance and surveillance vehicle; transmit live video and targeting information. [Note RQ-12A]
30-Mar-07 RQ-14A AeroVironment 2 Aveox 1105/6Y Electric Brushless USN Hand or bungee launched, low altitude, small-UAV flown autonomously used to provide real time Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) imagery in support of tactical units. [Note RQ-14A]
30-Mar-07 RQ-14B AeroVironment 2 Aveox 1105/6Y Electric Brushless USN A modified version of the RQ-14A. Hand or bungee launched, low altitude, small-UAV flown manually or autonomously used to provide real time Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) imagery in support of tactical units.
21-Feb-07 RQ-15A DRS Unmanned Tech. 1 LAE-150, 2 Cyl 16-HP Gasoline USN Pneumatically container/launched, low/medium altitude, small-UAV to provide Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) imagery in support of tactical units. Parachute land or water recovery. [Note RQ-15A]
16-May-07 YRQ-16A Honeywell 1 3W-56, 4HP 56cc Bower Twin US Army A VTOL Micro-UAV that provides real-time reconnaissance, surveillance, target acquisition, and battlefield management both day or night. [Note YRQ-16A]
08-Mar-10 RQ-16B Honeywell 3 3W-56, 4HP, 56cc Boxer Twin USA, USN, MC, USAF A VTOL Micro-UAV that provides real-time reconnaissance, surveillance, target acquisition, and battlefield management both day and night.
02-Jul-07 XMQ-17A MTC Technologies 1 Honda GX-57 USMC Multi-mission day/night unmanned aircraft that serves as a concept demonstrator and test platform for emerging technologies. [Note XMQ-17A]
Apr 2009 YMQ-18A Boeing 1 Turbine engine SOCOM Multi-mission long-endurance VTOL UAV. [Note YMQ-18A]
18-May-09 XMQ-19A AAI Corp 1 Type-J, 4-Stroke, 24-cc, EFI PULP (Premium Unleaded Petroleum) MC Multi-mission day / night unmanned aircraft that serves as a test platform for investigating promising payload and sensor technologies. [Note XMQ-19A]
03-Feb-12 RQ-20A AeroVironment 1 Protonex 120W USSOCOM A quiet and small hand-launched All-Environment Capable Variant (AECV) UAV that is capable of land and water landings. The vehicle avoids detection and operates autonomously. It provides Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance, and Target (ISRT) data. [Note RQ-20A]
Dec 2010 RQ-21A Boeing/Insitu 1 piston engine USN Multimission mini-UAV for STUAS (Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System) requirement. [Note RQ-21A]
31-Aug-11 XRQ-22A AeroVironment 1 Liquid Hydrogen fueled combustion engine USAF Experimental persistent 24/7 unmanned aircraft that serves as a test platform for investigating flight endurances of UAVs for 7-day at 55,000 and 5-day at 65,000 feet elevation. [Note XRQ-22A]
01-Aug-13 RQ-23A NASC 1 Herbrandson Dyad 370 Opposed 2-Stroke USN Lightweight, long-endurance, multi-mission capable, low cost and recoverable UAV. Capable of manual or autonomous takeoff and landing. [Note RQ-23A]

S - Spaceplane

(Index) Designation Manufacturer Engine Data Department Description
(4) MS-1A TBD TBD US Air Force Spaceplane with suborbital flight for multimission space support. [Note MS-1A]

S - Satellite

(Index) Designation Manufacturer Engine Data Department Description
(3) NS-7E Boeing North America none DOD Sustainment of Global Positioning System
07-Mar-07 ES-14A Boeing IADS none DOD High capacity communications satellite used for command, control, and communications. [Note ES-14A]
09-Sep-11 LS-15A Ball Aerospace n/a USAF Launch Detection/Space Surveillance Satellite. [Note LS-15A]
17-Jan-12 LS-16A Lockheed Martin n/a USAF Launch Detection/Space Surveillance Satellite. [Note LS-16A]
23-Jul-13 ES-17A Lockheed Martin n/a USAF Advanced Extremely High Frequency C4ISR Communication Satellite.

T - Trainer

Date Designation Manufacturer Engine Data Department Description
05-Dec-07 T-6B Raytheon 1 PT-6A-68 USAF/USN A modified version of the T-6A. Modifications include an Integrated Avionics System including multifunction displays, Integrated Avionics Computers, heads-up display, and structural modification for increased gross weight.
17-Feb-09 T-6C Hawker Beechcraft 1 PT6A-68 FMS A modified version of the T-6 series. Modifications include a FMS training configuration, upgraded cockpit avionics, 6 pylon wing stations, and jettisonable external fuel wing tanks for extended aircraft range.
17-Feb-09 AT-6C Hawker Beechcraft 1 PT6A-68 FMS A modified version of the T-6C.
12-May-06 T-44C Raytheon 2 PT-6A-34B Navy A modified T-44A. Modifications include digital glass cockpit avionics upgrade to overcome obsolescence and discontinuance of parts enabling continuance of mission support until 2025.
13-Mar-03 T-48A TBD TBD Navy A multi-place aircraft used to train flight officers in fundamentals of aviation and communication. [Note T-48A]
18-Jul-03 CT-49A Boeing 4 JT3D-7 NATO NATO Trainer-Cargo Aircraft (TCA) operated to support E-3A AWACS training and air transport/cargo for NATO (NAEW&CF). [Note CT-49A]
17-May-05 T-50A     Korea MDS RESERVED ON 17 MAY 05 [Note T-50A]
07-Jul-05 T-51A Cessna 1 O-320-E2D USAF An all-metal, single engine, strut-braced, high wing monoplane. Single engine placed forward of the fuselage centerline and fixed tricycle landing gear. [Note T-51A]
04-Jun-09 T-52A Diamond 1 IO-360-MIA Lycoming USAF Single-engine, low-wing, light trainer with side-byside seating for AETC and the Academy’s Powered Flight Program. [Note T-52A]
01-Jun-11 T-53A Cirrus 1 Continental IO-360-ES USAF Single-engine, low-wing, light trainer with side-by-side seating for AETC and the Academy’s Powered Flight Program. [Note T-53A]

U - Utility

Date Designation Manufacturer Engine Data Department Description
27-Sep-05 U-28A Pilatus 1 PT6A-67B USAF Single engine turbo-prop utility aircraft (1 to 2 crew, 9-passengers) [Note U-28A]

V - V/STOL

Date Designation Manufacturer Engine Data Department Description
03-Jul-12 UV-18C Viking Air 2 PT6A-34 Army A next generation UV-18B. An all metal, fixed landing-gear, high-wing STOL aircraft. Operates on unimproved airfields with wheels, skis, or floats (2 crew, 19 passengers).
20-Oct-04 CV-22B Bell / Boeing 2 T406-AD-400 USN Vertical take-off and landing aircraft used to support special forces.

X - Research

Date
(Index)
Designation Manufacturer Engine Data Department Description
Nov 2006 X-37B Boeing   USAF Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) for evaluation of reusable military space vehicle technologies and concepts.
(31) X-40B Boeing TBD DOD Upgrade using reusable rocket motor, advanced thermal protection systems, avionics and flight control systems.
(24) X-44A Lockheed Martin / Pratt & Whitney (no data) NASA/Air Force Highly modified F-22A by removing tail, installing delta wings, pitch/yaw low observable nozzles, pneumatic vortex control, and mechanical and fluidic thrust vectoring nozzles. [Note X-44A]
(37) X-45A Boeing Phantom Works F124-GA-100 Air Force Demonstrate technical feasibility for an unmanned combat air vehicle to prosecute suppression of enemy air defenses and strike missions. [Note X-45A]
02-Jul-03 X-45B Boeing 1 F404-GE-102D USAF The X-45B Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) was a demonstrator concept studied from 2001 to 2002 to build on lessons from the X-45A.
02-Jul-03 X-45C Boeing 1 F404-GE-102D USAF/Army The X-45C Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) demonstrator builds on lessons from the X-45A.
(51) X-46A Boeing Turbofan Navy Aircraft carrier based to demonstrate feasibility of unmanned combat air vehicle. [Note X-46A]
(52) X-47A Northrop Grumman Turbofan Navy Aircraft carrier based to demonstrate feasibility of unmanned combat air vehicle. [Note X-47A]
(67) X-47B Northrop Grumman Turbofan Navy Full scale version of X-47A.
(68) X-48A NASA and Boeing 3 Williams J24-8 NASA Blended wing-body low speed vehicle to investigate its stability and control characteristics. Remotely piloted with wingspan of 35 feet and 3,000 pound weight. [Note X-48A]
15-Jun-05 X-48B Boeing / Cranfield Space 2 NASA/USAF Blended wing-body, low speed vehicle, used to investigate the stability and control of this aerospace vehicle shape. Remotely piloted vehicle with a wingspan of 20.4 feet and weighing between 284-392 pounds.
15-Jun-05 X-48C Boeing / Cranfield Aerospace 2 SPT15 JetCat Ducted Fan NASA/USAF Blended wing-body low speed vehicle to investigate its stability and control characteristics. Remotely piloted with wingspan of 20.6 feet and weight range of 417 – 525 pounds.
23-May-03 X-49A Sikorsky and Piasecki 2 T700-GE-401C Navy One SH-60F will be converted to test the feasibility under the advanced technology demonstration (VTDP). [Note X-49A]
13-Feb-02 X-50A Boeing Phantom Works 1 Williams F112 DARPA/DOD Canard rotor/wing demonstration vehicle. Aircraft capable of rapid transition between a rotary helicopter, for VTOL operation, and a high speed fixed wing vehicle. [Note X-50A]
27-Sep-05 X-51A Boeing / Pratt & Whitney 1 SJY61-1 USAF Hypersonic vehicle to flight test the USAF hypersonic technology scramjet engine in flight from mach 4.5 to 6.5. Self-piloted with overall stack length of 290-inches and with a gross weight of 3772 pounds. [Note X-51A]
16-Aug-06 X-53A Boeing 2 F404-GE-400 USAF/NASA Highly modified, experimental F/A-18A to flight test the active aeroelastic wing technology for applications on existing and new aircraft designs. [Note X-53A]
05-May-08 X-54A Gulfstream Aerospace 2 Rolls-Royce Tay 651 NASA Supersonic experimental aircraft to conduct flight research. Capable of generating relevant ground sonic boom signatures to gather scientific data in support of NASA and a regulatory change process.
Oct 2009 X-55A Lockheed Martin 2 P&W PW306B USAF Advanced Composite Cargo Aircraft (ACCA).
07-Jan-12 X-56A Lockheed Martin 2 P-240 Jetcat Turbojet USAF A remotely piloted, high aspect ratio, flying wing vehicle designed to exhibit multiple flutter mechanisms within its flight envelope. [Note X-56A]

Z - Lighter-Than-Air

Date Designation Manufacturer Engine Data Department Description
17-Aug-06 MZ-3A ABC 2 IO-360-BIG6 USN Twin-engine Lighter-Than-Air airship used for sensor development, demonstration, and deployment. [Note MZ-3A]
11-Dec-11 RZ-4A Northrop 4 Centurion 4.0 Thielert Aircraft Engines USAF/Army Lighter-Than-Air airship used for long-endurance and persistent ISR missions. [Note RZ-4A]

Notes:

  1. [NEA-18G] Other than DOD's description indicates, the NEA-18G designation does not refer to modified EA-18Gs, but to two FA-18F airframes (F134 and F135), which were heavily modified as prototypes for the EA-18G.

  2. [A-29B] The U.S. Navy has leased an Embraer "Super Tucano" aircraft for evaluation, and the Braziliuan A-29B designation has been adopted as an official MDS designator.

  3. [C-12W] The C-12W series aircraft are all based on the Hawker Beechcraft King Air 350.

  4. [C-41A] The C-41A is the CASA C-212 Series 200.

  5. [KC-45A] KC-45A is the official designation of the EADS/Northrop Grumman "KC-30" (Airbus A330-based tanker), winner of the KC-X competition (which has since been cancelled). The numbers C-42 to C-44 were not allocated (for details, see article about Missing USAF/DOD Aircraft Designations).

  6. [C-130J/CC-130J] The designation CC-130J was assigned on 7 Feb 2002 to the stretched C-130J variant originally designated as C-130J-30. The "CC" prefix of the new designation was a non-standard designator. However, on 5 Jan 2004, the CC-130J designation was changed to a plain C-130J in the DOD's official MDS table.

  7. [C-143A] The C-143A is a single Challenger 604 aircraft, which was acquired by the Coast Guard in December 2005 as its new Medium Range Command and Control Aircraft (MRC2A). The number 143 was selected to continue the "old" (pre-1962) USAF C-series, where the last actually allocated number was 142. Unofficial information indicates that there has been some DOD-internal confusion if C-42 (the nominal next number in the post-1962 C-series) was really available for allocation. The result was the continuation of the older C-series, because the C-143 slot was definitely available.

  8. [HC-144A] The HC-144A is the EADS-CASA CN-235-300CG, which was selected by the U.S. Coast Guard for its MRS MPA (Medium Range Surveillance Maritime Patrol Aircraft) program.

  9. [C-145A] The C-145A is the PZL M28 Skytruck, operated by the Air Force Special Operations Command.

  10. [C-146A] The C-146A is the Dornier 328, operated by the Air Force Special Operations Command.

  11. [KC-767A] The designation KC-767A was allocated to the Boeing 767 tankers which were to be leased by the U.S. Air Force. The out-of-sequence design number was allocated against the recommendation of the USAF Nomenclature Office. The correct designation would have been KC-42A (see article about Non-Standard DOD Aircraft Designations for some background information).

  12. [E-2D] The designation E-2D refers to the so-called "Advanced Hawkeye" (AHE) configuration.

  13. [E-3G] The designation E-3G will be allocated to all E-3 AWACS aircraft, which receive the Block 40 and 45 upgrade.

  14. [E-10A] The designation E-10A was assigned to the U.S. Air Force's planned Multisensor Command and Control Aircraft (MC2A) system. The E-10 has since been cancelled.

  15. [E-11A] The E-11A is a platform for the USAF's BACN (Battlefield Airborne Communications Node) system.

  16. [F-22A] When the USAF changed the F/A-22A MDS of the Raptor fighter back to the original F-22A, the designations FA-22A and FB-22A (which were both irregular in the first place) were cancelled.

  17. [F-35] The designations F-35A, F-35B and F-35C were assigned to the three production variants of the Lockheed Martin JSF (Joint Strike Fighter). The number 35 is out-of-sequence and the correct designations would have been F-24A/B/C (see article about Non-Standard DOD Aircraft Designations for some background information).

  18. [TG-10] The TG-10 designations were allocated to gliders of the LET "Blanik" family used by the Air Force Academy. TG-10B is the "L-13 Super Blanik", TG-10C is the "L-13AC Blanik", and TG-10D is the "Blanik L-33 Solo".

  19. [TG-12A] The designation TG-12A was allocated to a Caproni-Vizzola "A21 Calif" sailplane used by the USAF Test Pilot School.

  20. [TG-14A] The designation TG-14A was allocated to the Grupo Aeromot AMT-200S Super Ximango two-seat motorgliders used by the Air Force Academy.

  21. [TG-15] For photos and specifications of the "Duo Discus" and "Discus 2b" sailplanes, see the Schempp-Hirth Website.

  22. [TG-16A] The manufacturer's model number of the USAF's TG-16A aircraft is DG-1001 Club.

  23. [OH-58F] There is no record of an "E" variant in the H-58 series.

  24. [MH-68A] The MH-68A is the Agusta A109E in U.S. Coast Guard service (see MH-68A at GlobalSecurity.org). It was originally called Enforcer, then Mako, and has now been officially named Sting Ray.

  25. [YRH-70A] The YRH-70A is the prototype for the Army's new ARH (Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter), based on the Bell Model 407 (see Bell Helicopter ARH).

  26. [VH-71A] The VH-71A is the winner of the VXX (Presidential Helicopter) competition (see Lockheed Martin US101). The design numbers H-69 and H-70 have been skipped for the VXX. For details on H-69, see article about Missing USAF/DOD Aircraft Designations. The designation H-70 has not been used, because the VXX Program Office argued that the helicopter number "70" is already widely associated with the Sikorsky S-70 family (designated H-60 in the U.S. military). The request for VH-71A was accepted by USAF/XPPE, apparently without much discussion, because "VH-71" had already been used by the VXX Program Office before the MDS had been officially assigned. The H-70 slot was later used for the Bell ARH.

  27. [UH-72A] The UH-72A is the UH-145 variant (see UH-145 Light Helicopter) of the EADS/Eurocopter EC145, and was selected by the U.S. Army as the winner of the LUH (Light Utility Helicopter) competition.

  28. [MGM-164A] The designation MGM-164A was allocated to the ATAMCS (Army Tactical Missile System) Block II missile in the new "ATACMS 2000" configuration (see MGM-164 ATACMS Block II).

  29. [RGM-165A] The RGM-165A is the LASM (Land Attack STANDARD Missile), sometimes referred to as SM-4 (Standard Missile 4) (see RGM-165 Land Attack STANDARD Missile).

  30. [MGM-165A] This entry is identical to the later one for MGM-166A. It seems that MGM-165A was assigned erroneously, and later corrected to -166A when it was realized that missile number -165 had already been allocated as RGM-165A.

  31. [MGM-166A] This is the KEM (Kinetic Energy Missile) of the LOSAT (Line-Of-Sight Anti-Tank) system (see MGM-166 LOSAT/KEM).

  32. [BQM-167A] The BQM-167A is the CEI Skeeter, which was selected for the AFSAT (Air Force Subscale Aerial Target) program (see BQM-167 Skeeter).

  33. [MGM-168A] The MGM-168A is the ATACMS (Army Tactical Missile System) Block IA Unitary missile in the "ATACMS 2000" (T2K) configuration (see MGM-168 ATACMS Block IA Unitary).

  34. [AGM-169A] The YAGM-169A is the prototype of the JCM (Joint Common Missile) (see AGM-169 JCM).

  35. [MQM-170A] MQM-170A is the U.S. Army designation of the Griffon Aerospace Outlaw UAV (see MQM-170 Outlaw).

  36. [MQM-171A] MQM-171A is the U.S. Army designation of the Griffon Aerospace Broadsword UAV (see MQM-171 Broadsword).

  37. [FGM-172] The FGM-172 is the Lockheed Martin SRAW (Short-Range Assault Weapon) missile (see FGM-172 SRAW).

  38. [ZGQM-173A] The ZGQM-173A designation was allocated to the Navy's MSST (Multi-Stage Supersonic Target) program (see GQM-173 MSST).

  39. [RIM-174A] The RIM-174A is the Raytheon ERAM (Extended Range Active Missile) (see RIM-174 ERAM).

  40. [MQM-175] EADS model designations for the MQM-175A/B are DT-35 and DT-45, respectively.

  41. [AGM-176] The AGM-176 designation refers to the Raytheon Griffin missile. Some sources quote a designation of AGM-175 for that missile, but this is incorrect.

  42. [BQM-177A] For some data about the BQM-177A, see the manufacturer's website.

  43. [MQM-178A] The MQM-178A designation refers to the Firejet target drone..

  44. [P-8A] The P-8A program is known as the MMA (Multimission Maritime Aircraft) program.

  45. [YMQ-1C] The YMQ-1C is the prototype of the Army's Warrior ERMP UAV. The designation YMQ-12A was requested for this vehicle, but not approved.

  46. [RQ-5A] The RQ-5A is the Hunter UAV, previously designated BQM-155A (see BQM-155/RQ-5 Hunter).

  47. [RQ-6A] The RQ-6A is the Outrider UAV (see RQ-6 Outrider).

  48. [RQ-7A] The RQ-7A is the Shadow 200 UAV (see RQ-7 Shadow 200).

  49. [RQ-8A] The RQ-8A is the Fire Scout VTUAV (Vertical Take-Off UAV) (see RQ-8 Fire Scout).

  50. [MQ-9A] The MQ-9A is the turboprop-powered variant of the Predator B UAV (see MQ-9 Predator B).

  51. [CQ-10A] The CQ-10A designation refers to MMIST's SnowGoose UAV (see CQ-10 SnowGoose).

  52. [RQ-11A] The RQ-11A designation refers to the Raven UAV (see RQ-11 Raven).

  53. [RQ-12A] The RQ-12A designation was applied to the Wasp AE UAV. The Q-12 slot had originally been skipped, because the Army's request for MQ-12A was disapproved (YMQ-1C was allocated instead).

  54. [RQ-14A] The RQ-14A designation refers to the Dragon Eye UAV (see RQ-14 Dragon Eye). The Q-13 designation has been skipped.

  55. [RQ-15A] The RQ-15A designation refers to the Neptune UAV (see RQ-15 Neptune).

  56. [YRQ-16A] The YRQ-16A designation was allocated to a Micro Air Vehicle, which Honeywell is developing for the U.S. Army.

  57. [XMQ-17A] The XMQ-17A designation was allocated to the SpyHawk UAV, which is evaluated under the Marine Corps' "Tier II" UAS requirement.

  58. [YMQ-18A] The YMQ-18A designation was allocated to the Boeing A160T Hummingbird UAV, at least 20 of which have been ordered by the U.S. Special Operations Command.

  59. [XMQ-19A] The XMQ-19A designation was allocated to the Aerosonde Mark 4.4 UAV.

  60. [RQ-20A] The RQ-20A designation was allocated to the Puma AE UAV.

  61. [RQ-21A] The RQ-21A designation was allocated to the Insitu Integrator UAV.

  62. [XRQ-22A] The designation XRQ-22A was applied to the UAV of the Global Observer program.

  63. [RQ-23A] The RQ-23A designation was allocated to the NAVMAR TigerShark UAV.

  64. [MS-1A] The MS-1A was apparently the planned and not very well-defined end product of USAF space manoeuvering vehicle research, which also included the X-37, X-40, and X-41 (CAV).

  65. [ES-14A] The ES-14A designation most likely refers to the Wideband Global SATCOM program. The design numbers S-11 through S-13 in the S-for-Satellite series have been skipped (S-11/12 to avoid confusion with the as yet unofficial XSS-11/12 project designations, and S-13 because of the usual triskaidekaphobia).

  66. [LS-15A] The LS-15A designation might refer to the satellites of the SBSS (Space-Based Space Surveillance) system, but this is unconfirmed.

  67. [LS-16A] The LS-16A designation most likely refers to the GEO satellites of the SBIRS (Space-Based Infrared System), but this is unconfirmed.

  68. [T-48A] The T-48A is to replace the T-39. It is procured under the Undergraduate Military Flight Officer (UMFO) Multi-Place Aircraft Training System (MPATS) program (see here).

  69. [CT-49A] The CT-49A is the NATO Trainer Cargo Aircraft, based on the Boeing 707-320B.

  70. [T-50A] The T-50A designation has been set aside for the Lockheed Martin/KAI Golden Eagle advanced jet trainer, which is marketed under the company designation T-50. The U.S. military has currently no plans to procure this aircraft. Obviously, the official T-50A MDS designator was reserved for the Golden Eagle so that it wouldn't be inadvertently assigned to another aircraft model (leading to confusion between two different "T-50" trainers).

  71. [T-51A] The T-51A designation refers to the three Cessna 150 (1x Model 150L, 2x Model 150M) aircraft used by the USAF Academy Flying Team.

  72. [T-52A] The T-52A designation refers to the Diamond DA40 as used by the USAF Academy.

  73. [T-53A] The T-53A designation refers to the Cirrus SR20 as used by the USAF Academy.

  74. [U-28A] The U-28A is the Pilatus PC-12 (see PC-12 at Pilatus Aircraft Website), six of which are used by the USAF's 319th SOS (Special Operations Squadron).

  75. [X-44A] For X-44A MANTA (Multi-Axis No-Tail Aircraft), see X-44 MANTA at GlobalSecurity.org.

  76. [X-45A] The X-45A is Boeing's UCAV (Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle) demonstrator for the USAF (see X-45 / X-46).

  77. [X-46A] The X-46A was Boeing's entry in the Navy's UCAV-N (Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle - Naval) competition. It has been cancelled, and its technology merged into the X-45C program (see X-45 / X-46).

  78. [X-47A] The X-47A Pegasus is Northrop Grumman's entry in the Navy's UCAV-N (Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle - Naval) and DARPA's UCAS competitions.

  79. [X-48A] The X-48A is a small unmanned BWB (Blended Wing-Body) demonstrator (see X-48).

  80. [X-49A] The X-49A VDTP is the "Vectored Thrust Ducted Propeller" compound helicopter testbed (a Sikorsky YSH-60F modified by Piasecki).

  81. [X-50A] The X-50A Dragonfly is a CRW (Canard Rotor/Wing) demonstrator. The X-49 designator had been skipped at that time, because DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) explicitly requested the X-50A designation for the CRW demonstrator. DARPA wanted the number 50, because "this will be the first true 50/50 marriage of helicopters and high speed fixed wing aircraft" [DARPA quote]. However, the X-49 designation was not permanently skipped, and was actually assigned when the next X-designator was requested.

  82. [X-51A] The X-51A designation was allocated to the flight test vehicle of the Air Force Research Lab's SED-WR (Scramjet Engine Demonstrator - Waverider) program. The X-51A is an unmanned expendable vehicle, which will be air-launched from a B-52, and boosted to scramjet ignition speed by a solid-propellant rocket booster. First flight is planned for FY 2009 (see X-51).

  83. [X-53A] The X-53A designation was assigned to an FA-18A modified for AAW (Active Aeroeleastic Wing) research, which was tested in a joint AFRL (Air Force Research Laboratory)/NASA program. X-52 was skipped to avoid confusion with B-52.

  84. [X-56A] The X-56A is a multi-porpose unmanned test vehicle (see X-56 on Wikipedia).

  85. [MZ-3A] The MZ-3A is an American Blimp Corporation SPECTOR™50 airship (commercial model A-170, see ABC Website), which was purchased by the U.S. Navy in 2006.

  86. [RZ-4A] The designation RZ-4A was assigned to the LEMV air vehicle.



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