Northrop (Radioplane) KD2R-3 Quail & KD2R-5 Shelduck

Target Towing Drone    

    In May 1954 a special unit called the "Radio Controlled Aerial Target Detachment" was created within the Ground-Air Artillery School (Luchtdoelartillerieschool/Ecole d'Artillerie Antiaérienne) of the Belgian Army at Lombardsijde barracks. This unit received between 24 and 30 Northrop KD2R-3 or OQ-19D (later MQM-33B) target towing drones acquired for the School. Rail launched from the seashore these drones were pulling target-banners along the coastline onto which different types of artillery hardware were used. At the end of each flight the drones descended on a parachute into the sea and could be recuperated for a new mission. In the mid sixties some 30 improved Northrop KD2R-5 Shelducks (MQM-36) were acquired. The Shelduck was equipped with an autopilot and had the option to cary radar reflectors (Luneberg lens) on its wingtips that augmented its radar signature. Finally the Belgian Army also acquired 4 MQM-57 Falconer or SD-1 surveillance drones for the benefit of testing. No follow on orders materialised as the locally designed and produced MBLE Epervier jet powered recce drones became available.

B04

History

Type

KD2R-3

C/N

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Luchtdoelartillerie school/Ecole d'Artillerie Antiaérienne

B16

History

Type

KD2R-3

C/N

-

Luchtdoelartillerie school/Ecole d'Artillerie Antiaérienne

B27

History

Type

KD2R-3

C/N

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Luchtdoelartillerie school/Ecole d'Artillerie Antiaérienne, preserved Royal Army Museum (WHI)

B40

History

Type

KD2R-3

C/N

-

Luchtdoelartillerie school/Ecole d'Artillerie Antiaérienne

B52

History

Type

KD2R-5

C/N

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Luchtdoelartillerie school/Ecole d'Artillerie Antiaérienne, preserved Nijkerk (Nl.)

B53

History

Type

KD2R-5

C/N

-

Luchtdoelartillerie school/Ecole d'Artillerie Antiaérienne

B60

History

Type

KD2R-5

C/N

-

Luchtdoelartillerie school/Ecole d'Artillerie Antiaérienne, preserved Amstelveen (Nl.)

B62

History

Type

KD2R-5

C/N

-

Luchtdoelartillerie school/Ecole d'Artillerie Antiaérienne, preserved Uithoorn (Nl.)

B71

History

Type

KD2R-5

C/N

-

Luchtdoelartillerie school/Ecole d'Artillerie Antiaérienne

S02

History

Type

SD-1

C/N

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Luchtdoelartillerie school/Ecole d'Artillerie Antiaérienne, preserved Royal Army Museum (WHI)

T39

History

Type

KD2R-3

C/N

-

Luchtdoelartillerie school/Ecole d'Artillerie Antiaérienne

T55

History

Type

KD2R-5

C/N

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Luchtdoelartillerie school/Ecole d'Artillerie Antiaérienne, preserved in The Netherlands

T60

History

Type

KD2R-5

C/N

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Luchtdoelartillerie school/Ecole d'Artillerie Antiaérienne, preserved Putten (Nl.)

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